Chicago Wilderness

Chicago Wilderness is a regional alliance that connects people and nature. The alliance consists of more than 260 organizations working together to restore local nature and improve the quality of life, by protecting the lands and waters on which the region depends. The members of Chicago Wilderness include all levels of government, conservation organizations, cultural and education institutions, volunteer groups, corporations, and faith-based groups.

Chicago Wilderness pioneered a model for how organizations can work together at a landscape scale, across a complex metropolitan region, to achieve greater conservation impact. Now a national leader in urban conservation, Chicago Wilderness helped create, and chairs, the Metropolitan Greenspaces Alliance (MGA). The MGA is a national network of urban conservation coalitions working to promote this collaborative approach, sharing knowledge and best practices across major metropolitan areas.


Competence Network for Urban Ecology (CONTUREC)

The Competence network for Urban Ecology is an open network of institutions and persons from universities, research facilities, regional environment offices and other institutions. Based on the traditions of urban ecology in Germany, its aim is to advance research in urban ecology in Germany. Research in urban ecology is often application-oriented ecological research, which can not take place detached from the societal function of cities. Urban ecology contributes to a sustainable design of urban spaces.


European Urban Landscape Partnership

The network which has been created through the LE:NOTRE Project now links more than one hundred European universities as well as a significant number of stakeholder organisations with interests in landscape architecture teaching and research as the European level. The European Urban Landscape Partnership will extend this network to involve European municipal authorities, while at the same time linking them with universities, NGOs and national, local and European government organisations concerned with the urban landscape.


Global Partnership on Cities and Biodiversity - Subnational Authorities

The establishment of a Global Partnership on Cities and Biodiversity was proposed during the Curitiba Meeting on Cities and Biodiversity in March 2007 to support cities in the sustainable management of their biodiversity resources, to assist cities to implement practices that support national, regional and international strategies, plans, and agendas on biodiversity, and to learn from existing initiatives. This was re-iterated at the Bonn UN Biodiversity Summit in May 2008, where Mayor Dieckmann of City of Bonn (Germany) hosted a Mayor Conference which issued the Bonn Declaration. The formal launch of the Global Partnership on Cities and Biodiversity took place at the IUCN World Conservation Congress on 7 October 2008 in Barcelona, in time to mobilise a network of cities for the UN International Year on Biodiversity in 2010 where the next UN Summit will took place in Oct 2010 in Nagoya, Japan.

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ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center

ICLEI’s Cities Biodiversity Centre is coordinated by the ICLEI Africa Secretariat and is located in Cape Town, the Republic of South Africa. The Cities Biodiversity Center has a global mandate to work on biodiversity-related matters. The Centre has a dedicated team of passionate, skilled and dynamic biodiversity experts and offers cities a broad portfolio of supportive services, including: capacity development and up-skilling, technical advice, advocacy support, networking forums, profiling of achievements and conference organization to name a few. All our endeavors are concerned with addressing the complex issues surrounding natural capital and the degradation of ecosystem services that underpin human wellbeing. The Cities Biodiversity Centre shares a common recognition of the crucial role that cities and local governments play in the pursuit of a greener, safer and more prosperous existence and all our efforts are committed to paving the way to a more sustainable future through the collaborative design and implementation of integrated urban development and effective biodiversity management solutions.


International Association for Ecology (INTECOL)

Established in 1967, INTECOL acts as a global association for local ecological societies and was a major help in promoting the scientific journal Oecologica. It quickly became famous for its ecology congresses and wetland conferences.


International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Founded in 1948 as the world’s first international environmental organization, IUCN is the world’s largest global conservation network and a leading authority on policies, standards and programmes for the environment and sustainable development today. IUCN is a democratic union with more than 1,200 State and NGO Member organizations in some 160 countries, governed by Members and an elected Council.
Its mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable. IUCN brings together governments, non-governmental organizations, scientists, businesses and communities to make the right decisions for people and for the planet by putting the latest science into practice.


The Nature of Cities

The Nature of Cities is a virtual magazine and discussion site on cities as ecosystems. It is a global collective of contributors, an essay and discussion site devoted to cities as social-ecological spaces, ecosystems of people, buildings, open spaces, and nature. City design with nature at the center is key to urban resilience, sustainability, and livability.


Society for Urban Ecology (SURE)

In order to develop an understanding of the structure and function of urban ecosystems and to advance a balanced interaction between humans and their environments in cities and towns worldwide, the Society for Urban Ecology (SURE) exists to foster and develop knowledge and implementation of urban ecology worldwide by strengthening contacts and enriching the dialogue between researchers and practitioners, by representing the interests of the academic community within the wider international institutional context and by making the collective expertise of SURE available, where appropriate, in furthering the discussion of urban ecological issues.


URBIS Urban Biosphere Network

The Stockholm Resilience Center/UNESCO Urban Biosphere Network, URBIS, was launched at the “Urban Biodiversity and Design Conference URBIO”, Erfurt 24-26 May, and the “1st Mayors Conference on Local Action for Biodiversity”, at the 9th Conference of the Parties to the CBD in Bonn, 26-28 May 2008. The research agenda and methodology were presented to Mayors and local authorities and links were forged with scientists, local authorities, local government networks and international organisations working in the urban landscape.

URBIS at Stockholm Resilience Centre, URBIS Newsletter 1 Circulation, Urban Biosphere Network Pamphlet


World Green Infrastucture Network (WGIN)

Since 2004 leader of national green roof asscociation has had annual meetings. Since that days the idea grew, to establish an international association. The problems in the world like urbanization, global warming and growing population needs new solution. Working with green infrastructure could be helpfull. Bringing together researchers, producers, planners and politicians could be a way for a new cross thinking. Established official in 2005, we invite all national associations dealing with Green infrastructure technology to become a member. WGIN is looking forward, doing a contribution as non profit organization. Main focus is green roof technology, living walls and indoor greenery.