This event gathered high level decision makers focusing on the governance and the role played by Metropolitan Areas in the world, as large urban centers that must be managed, planned and designed from the articulation of the territories for the conservation of biodiversity and the quality of life of citizens. Just as many of the services and benefits of nature for urban citizens, such as food and water security, already cannot be handled from the municipal political unity, but only by coordinating efforts of various municipalities.
This event integrated the metropolis participating to the summit as signatories of the recommendations. It also allowed to promote the CitiesWithNature platform launched by ICLEI and endorsed by the CBD Secretariat
“We have to change the times of the decision-making and of the knowledge and science work. They need to coordinate. We need to integrate the different environmental laws and identify bottlenecks in them.” Ana Maria Hernandez (Chair of IPBES).
This innovative vision needs to be disseminated and shared, particularly in view of the roadmap towards a solid and actionable post-2020 global biodiversity framework. It is meant to result in a common declaration for the post-2020 biodiversity framework for the 15th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
Interview of Elisabeth Chouraki for Area Metropolitana del Valle de Aburrá:
Watch our video made for TNOC Paris in June: