Pre-announcement EnRoute Conference

Pre-announcement EnRoute Conference (Link)

Biodiver-City: Enhancing urban biodiversity and ecosystem services to make cities more resilient
Conference in collaboration with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Sofia, 24 April 2018

Background and objectives
If we think about nature conservation or increasing essential ecosystem services we usually think of protected areas, conserving valuable ecosystems such as forest and wetlands, or maintaining rural landscapes. But can cities also help achieving biodiversity goals and targets? This largely depends on the amount, the quality and management of urban green infrastructure. However, the potential of cities to help protect biodiversity and ecosystem services is likely underestimated.
This conference aims at delivering a set of key messages and principles of how cities can contribute to regional, national and European biodiversity policy, goals and targets.
The conference will address the following key questions:
– What is our present knowledge of urban biodiversity? What indicators are used and what are the current patterns and trends reveal about urban biodiversity?
– Why is urban biodiversity important? What are the links between urban biodiversity and urban ecosystem services and with well-being?
– Is a high urban biodiversity important for citizens and other stakeholders? How can citizens monitor biodiversity?
– How can urban green infrastructure be designed and managed to maintain and enhance urban biodiversity and ecosystem services?

Conference organisers
European Commission – Joint Research Centre, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, and the EnRoute project

Date and Venue
The conference will take place in Sofia (Bulgaria) in the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences on 24 April 2018
Do you want to share your ideas or are you interested to participate?
Unsolicited abstracts for presentations in plenary or break-out sessions are accepted in case you are interested in presenting your work on urban biodiversity and ecosystem services.(Link)