Dear colleagues

We would like to warmly invite you to the cultural heart of Germany for the 3rd Conference of the Competence Network Urban Ecology. Our international conference “Urban Biodiversity and Design” will summarise for the first time in a global context current scientific and practical approaches of implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in urban areas. The case for urban biodiversity:


  • Distinctive characteristics of urban ecosystems
  • Centres of evolution and adaptation (e. g. important in the context of climate change)
  • Complex hotspots and melting pots for biodiversity
  • The only biodiversity which many people experience
  • Contributing to the quality of life in an increasingly urban global society - 2007 the first time 50 % of the world population is living in cities.

Our conference based in the neighbouring historic cities of Erfurt and Weimar will draw upon the legacy heritage of over 1000 years of urban settlement as well as considering the challenges of the worlds more recent and faster growing cities. The conference will be attractive to all disciplines involved in research, planning, design and management of the green urban environment including biologists, ecologists, landscape architects and planners, horticulturists, urban designers and local government administrators.

Our conference will support the Curitiba Declaration 2007 “Cities and Biodiversity” and contribute to the discussions on taking forward “Local Action for Biodiversity” in urban areas. Together with the "Mayors Conference-Local Action for Biodiversity " in Bonn 26. - 28. May 2008  the conference will promote greater awareness of the important role of our towns and cities at the 9th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 9) in Bonn.

Oral presentations and posters of our conference will be published in reviewed proceedings by the end of 2008.

On behalf of our patrons - the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf and the Honorary President of the Competence Network Urban Ecology Prof. Dr. Dr. Herbert Sukopp - we look forward to enjoy your accompany in the friendly atmosphere of Erfurt’s historic centre as well as sharing thoughts on working together to make all our cities green pleasant and prosperous places.

The organisers

Norbert Müller (D-Erfurt), David Knight (UK-Wakefield) & Peter Werner (D-Darmstadt)



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Image: Erfurt 2008 Urban Biodiversity Conference