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BiodiverCities by 2030

Transforming cities’ relationship with nature

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World Economic Forum

17 January 2022

English

uKESA Librarian 3

Research Report

South Korea, South Africa, Singapore, Sierra Leone, Mexico, Kenya, Costa Rica, Colombia

Cities are the engine of the global economy - contributing 80% of the world’s GDP – but their exponential growth in recent decades has come at the expense of nature. The built environment has grown by two-thirds in the first 12 years of the 21st Century, leading to the degradation of local ecosystems and the loss of habitats. Urban areas are also responsible for over 75% of global carbon emissions, accelerating climate change which drives further nature loss.

 

Urban leaders around the world have the power and responsibility to transform cities and lead the way in tackling the interconnected biodiversity and climate crises.

 

This report provides a vision for cities of the future and the needed systemic shifts to develop BiodiverCities that place nature at the heart of decision-making and infrastructure investments. The report (available in PDF) also sets out how public and private urban leaders can utilise nature to both reduce the impact of their cities on biodiversity, increase their climate resilience, and secure significant economic benefits.

 

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Biodiversity

Built environment

Climate Change/Resilience

Colombia

Costa Rica

Environmental management

Human settlements

Infrastructure

Investment

Kenya

Mexico

Natural environment

Sierra Leone

Singapore

South Africa

South Korea

Sustainability

Urban

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