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3rd URBIO conference successful finished, the Mumbai Declaration URBIO 2012 available online

October 25th, 2012

Our 3rd URBIO conference on Urban Biodiversity and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, which took place as a side event to COP11 at Mumbai, India from 8th to 12th October 2012, is successful finished. Hopefully all our friends and colleagues of URBIO we have met there made it home save and well! Especially for all those who could not travel to Mumbai, we’ll provide some information on the conference and its results.

During the 3rd URBIO conference over 200 scientists and practitioners from more than 25 countries discussed the challenges for cities in the future in more detail. Six keynotes analyzed the influence of climate change and natural disasters on urban ecosystems, the economy, urban design and human health; and presented the first global assessment on the impact of urbanization on biodiversity and ecosystem services: The Cities and Biodiversity Outlook, where several members of URBIO are involved. In 22 scientific symposia we discussed in depth the influence of urbanization on food production, security and human health as well as on biodiversity and ecosystem services. Strong emphasis was given to questions of how to embrace all actors (local governments, citizens, corporations, etc.) in urban design and management to solve these problems in a sustainable and resilient way and make our cities fit for the future.

We therefore again want to express our heartfelt thanks to Prof. Dr. Haripriya Gundimeda and her staff of organisers and helpers for making such a wonderful conference happen! Also, we want to thank all participants for interesting presentations and posters, as well as lively discussions and inspiring conversations!

As result of the conference the Mumbai Declaration URBIO 2012 was adopted by the delegates at the last conference day. It was then brought to and presented at the City & Subnational Biodiversity Summit on Tuesday, 16th October 2012 in Hyderabad, India by Prof. Dr. Haripriya Gundimeda. The Mumbai Declaration URBIO 2012 is also available online on our website.

Organisational matters of the URBIO network were discussed at an advisory board meeting during the 3rd conference; its main results as well as more information about the conference’s results will be communicated within the next newsletter, which is already in preparation.