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Biodiversity an Important Consideration in City Building for Longterm Sustainability

Matt Ball on November 18, 2012 - in Environment

Understanding how biodiversity can contribute to sustainable urban development will be vital as 70% of the world’s population moves into cities, an expert from the Stockholm Resilience Centre has warned.

Thomas Elmqvist, a Professor at the University of Stockholm told RTCC that an area the size of South Africa is expected to be lost to rapid urbanisation over the next couple of decades. He said this could pose a number of challenges, which a focus on biodiversity could help to solve. Along with 120 scientists worldwide, Elmqvist helped put together an assessment of the potential impacts and opportunities of urbanisation.

The Cities and Biodiversity Outlook highlights a wide range of successful examples of sustainable urban development, initiated by cities and local and sub-national governments around the world.

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