URBIO is an open worldwide scientific network for education and research with the aim to promote urban biodiversity and design through a continuing dialogue with the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Within the CBD programmes URBIO is the scientific initiative of the Major Group "Local Authorities". The network was founded in 2008 during the first URBIO conference, since then the URBIO network Headquarters have been in Erfurt, Germany. In order to foster the scientific exchange between researchers, practitioners and stakeholders the network holds contact with various international networks, organises international scientific conferences and workshops prior to the COP meetings (Conference of the parties to the CBD), maintains a website and distributes newsletters send regularly to the network members from the network Headquarters. Since its foundation, the URBIO network has held three conferences: URBIO2008 during May 2008 in Erfurt/Germany, URBIO2010 during May 2010 in Nagoya/Japan, and URBIO2012 during October 2012 in Mumbai/India.
The network is conducted by the President who holds the Headquarters and distributes the newsletter. The international scientific URBIO conferences prior to the COP meetings are organised in responsibility of selected experts of the COP countries. Usually the chair of the latest URBIO conference holds the position of Secretary General of the URBIO network. An Advisory Board supports the President and Secretary General in fostering scientific exchange and decisions for the network. The URBIO Advisory Board usually meets at URBIO conferences and workshops. The URBIO network is a strictly non-profit scientific organisation, without own budget.
Members are all persons registered for the newsletter. Currently the Network has 918 members from 60 countries (December 2013).
For further information please read more in this PDF, or register to receive the URBIO newsletter with actual information (oncoming scientific conferences, CBD news, URBIO conferences) regularly. How to register and an archive of our previous newsletters may be found here.