United Nations Environment Programme

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A Mayors Conference on Local Action for Biodiversity, organised by ICLEI, the city of Bonn and InWent, was held on 26-28 May 2008, as a parallel event to the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, in Bonn, Germany.

One year after the Curitiba meeting, this conference offered a unique opportunity for local leaders to showcase good practices and express collective commitments for extending local action for biodiversity. The conference also offered an opportunity to discuss national and international framework conditions needed to ensure urban biodiversity is protected and to seek political and financial support for local action.

As the Mayors conference was held in parallel to the High-Level Segment of the Conference of the parties (COP) of the UN-CBD, Mayors used this opportunity to have their voices heard by the international community through an intervention on behalf of Local Governments in the High-Level Segment. For the first time indeed, a decision was adopted on "Cities, Local Authorities and Biodiversity".

The Mayors and local leaders also adopted the Bonn Call for Action which is a clear demonstration of commitment and involvement and an offer for partnership. It provides a clear framework for the next steps, together with a wide range of partners in the UN, national governments, science, civil society and various regions.

A brief case on Cities and Biodiversity, entitled “Local Action for Biodiversity, a series of Local cases” assembled by UNEP, in collaboration with ICLEI and other key partners was also launched in parallel to the Mayors Conference, along with another publication by UN-HABITAT on “Promoting biodiversity in and around the Lake Victoria Basin".

The case descriptions in this series show how cities and towns can take innovative action in managing their biodiversity and its threats and how these local actions are reducing the rate of biodiversity loss.

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