2021 Biodiversity Action Cohort Training
Urban places are rich in biodiversity. However, in most U.S. cities, considerations for biodiversity, equitable access to nature, and climate change are not currently at the center of land use decisions nor tackled with an all-of-government approach. Moreover, the intersection of biodiversity, health, equity, and climate change are not yet fully understood by the City, its residents and its stakeholders. Policy change is required to put these three interconnected considerations at the core of decision making. International cities have used various tools to achieve these goals: The City Biodiversity Index, Natural Assets Map, and Biodiversity Assessment Reports.
Among city networks, ICLEI holds a unique leadership role as the focal point for local and regional governments in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), providing ICLEI USA members with access to a plethora of biodiversity, including the CitiesWithNature platform.
This cohort will introduce up to 12 ICLEI USA members to biodiversity assessment and action.
Primary Staff Full Name and Title
Secondary Staff Full Name and Title
What are your primary goals in creating a Biodiversity Assessment? Check all that apply.
Meeting requirements for a statewide initiative or other campaign
Responding to resident/citizen request
Increase cross-departmental coordination on sustainability
Identify cost-saving opportunities
What resources are you planning to apply?
Interns, students or fellows
Describe the experience of personnel who will be participating in the training (all levels welcome--this will help tailor the training). Check all that apply.
Have previously conducted a biodiversity assessment
Have not previously conducted a biodiversity assessment but generally familiar with concepts
Not well equipped / Need more support for beginning a biodiversity assessment
Unsure who will be participating at this time
Which days are you generally available for online training sessions? (Check the best 2 days)
Any additional comments or questions.
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