About URBIO network

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, from 2008 to 2014 the URBIO network Headquarters have been in Erfurt, Germany. In 2014 the headquarters changed to Mumbai, India. 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 four conferences: URBIO2008 during May 2008 in Erfurt/Germany, URBIO2010 during May 2010 in Nagoya/Japan, URBIO2012 during October 2012 in Mumbai/India, and URBIO2014 during October 2014 in Incheon/Korea.

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. Also part of the URBIO network Steering Committee are three vice presidents and deputy vice presidents, each presiding over a main topic of the network. An Advisory Board and Senior Advisors support the Steering Committee in fostering scientific exchange and decisions for the network. The Steering Committee and Advisory Board usually meet 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 62 countries (September 2014).

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.

The following organisations have funded and supported the URBIO Network:
from 2006 to date:   from 2006 to 2009 & 2012 to 2014:   in 2010:
External Link: University of Applied Sciences Erfurt
External Link: Federal Agency for Nature Conservation Germany
External Link: German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety
External Link: TMBLM