Rendez-vous "Urban biodiversity : a Value to Appreciate"

Montréal, May 21-23, 2013

A key event!

Urban biodiversity As a follow-up to the Rendez-vous “Urban biodiversity, a value to appreciate”, which took place on May 21st, 22nd and 23rd 2013 in Montréal, the Ville de Montréal recently produced an 18-page compendium. This document is a synthesis of a corpus of information meant to shed light on the biodiversity-related approaches, practices and issues that were discussed at the conference. Its contents can be viewed by clicking on the link in the right sidebar.
The three-day event was organised by the Montréal municipal administration in the frame of the meeting of the Advisory Committee on Cities and Biodiversity of the Global Partnership on Local and Subnational Action for Biodiversity held at the Montréal-based UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Timothy Beatley, Teresa Heinz, Josée Duplessis, Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias Click to enlarge

A public conference on “Urban Biodiversity: A Value to Appreciate” took place on May 21 and 22 at the Chalet of the Parc du Mont-Royal and Montréal’s Botanical Garden (Space for Life). It brought together over 150 people from various backgrounds (municipal, government, business community, academia, NGOs, civil society). Speakers and participants coming from some 20 cities - 10 of which from 7 countries - had the opportunity to share innovative experiences from such cities as Edmonton, Mexico City, Montpellier, New York, Paris and Singapore. The discussions centred on ways to foster collaboration between the civil society, the business community, and cities in order to deal with biodiversity issues. Furthermore, Réseau Environnement announced the creation of the Conseil québécois des municipalités pour la biodiversité to help further exchanges.

Daniel Chartier Click to enlarge

As a follow-up to the Rendez-vous “Urban biodiversity, a value to appreciate”, which took place on May 21st, 22nd and 23rd 2013 in Montréal, the Ville de Montréal recently produced an 18-page compendium. This document is a synthesis of a corpus of information meant to shed light on the biodiversity-related approaches, practices and issues that were discussed at the conference. Its contents can be viewed by clicking on the link in the right sidebar.
The three-day event was organised by the Montréal municipal administration in the frame of the meeting of the Advisory Committee on Cities and Biodiversity of the Global Partnership on Local and Subnational Action for Biodiversity held at the Montréal-based UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Also, other activities and technical visits on Mount-Royal and at the Botanical Garden favoured discussions amongst participants. Montreal and international organizations highlighted their realisations at thematic kiosks at the Maison Smith in the Parc du Mont-Royal. Direct contact with Sedna’s crew at the Biodiversity Center at the Botanical Garden also triggered interest from participants. The Sedna is the famous boat travelling the world to document environmental change.

 
Photographie-souvenir Click to enlarge

On May 23, after their meeting, members of the Advisory Committee of Cities of the Convention on Biological Diversity visited two sites that showcased Montreal’s biodiversity: the Bois-de-l’Île-Bizard Nature Park and the Eco-Campus Hubert Reeves at Technoparc Montréal.

The whole event was organised by the Ville de Montréal and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (head office located in Montreal) in collaboration with ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.