Nature offers a great potential for improving the quality of life of urban citizens and to increase the
resilience of cities. Protecting biodiversity and the ecosystem services it provides within and around cities
can help secure resources for the future, and turn our current climate challenges into opportunities to
support sustainable development. Ecosystems provide numerous services, such as clean air, water filtration,
flood prevention, noise reduction, food, water and energy supply, recreation, improved health, as well as
climate change mitigation and adaptation. Urban resilience and sustainable urban development are dependent on
sound policies and robust scientific knowledge. The Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (URBES) project
aims to strengthen the scientific knowledge on urbanization patterns and their linkages to ecosystems, and to
translate science into action to build the capacity of cities to adapt to climate change. The project
includes eleven top research institutes, in partnership with the network organizations ICLEI and IUCN, and
the cities of Stockholm, Berlin, Rotterdam, Salzburg, Barcelona, Helsinki and New York.
Photo: Dagmar Haase
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