Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
In 2009, Edmonton joined a Convention on Biological Diversity initiative called the Singapore Index on Cities' Biodiversity. The Index will help cities to benchmark their progress in biodiversity protection by applying many indicators, which can be combined into one figure to allow for comparison with other cities.
The Convention on Biological Diversity is an international treaty to sustain the rich diversity of life on earth. It was adopted in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro to inspire international action on the conservation of biodiversity. More information about the CBD and the Secretariat that supports it, can be viewed on their website.
ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability)
Edmonton has partnered with ICLEI ("Local Governments for Sustainability"), an international association of local governments as well as national and regional local government organizations that have made a commitment to sustainable development. One of ICLEI's strategic goals is biodiversity protection, and in 2007, the ICLEI Africa Secretariat started the Local Action for Biodiversity (LAB) project, which Edmonton has been a partner of for the last 3 years, along with 20 other cities from around the world. The goal of the LAB project is to explore the best ways for local governments to engage in urban biodiversity conservation, enhancement, and management.
This year, ICLEI Africa is rolling out a second phase of the LAB project, with a theme of Communication, Education and Public Awareness. The City is excited to be part of the continuation of this unique and innovative project. Visit the LAB website for more information.
In 2009, Edmonton hosted the Urban Nature Forum, in conjunction with the ICLEI World Congress. The Forum included informative and participatory presentations, with emphasis on global strategic biodiversity protection and hands-on practical biodiversity management at the local level.
Urban Nature Forum Opening Statement by Mr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (June 12, 2009)
International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Edmonton is part of a global network of national, regional and local governments in more than 60 countries worldwide who have joined Countdown 2010, an IUCN initiative to halt the loss of biodiversity by 2010. Each partner contributes unique efforts to achieve the 2010 Biodiversity target: "to achieve a significant reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss."
The City is involved with several projects that support this target, most notably the Local Action for Biodiversity (LAB) project.
More information about Countdown 2010 can be found on their website.
PLUS Network: Sustainable Cities
Edmonton is also a partner of the PLUS Network (Partners in Long-Term Sustainability), a network of over 30 cities from around the world committed to action that supports urban sustainability through integrated strategic planning and best practices. The PLUS Network is helping cities to become resilient in the face of ecological, social and economic change, through collaborative and experiential learning and exchange.