Jerusalem, Israel recently hosted a 2 day workshop on URBIS – Urban Biospheres, a collaborative program among partners such the Cornell DNR Civic Ecology Lab, the Stockholm Resilience Center, ICLEI, UNESCO, and others.   Keith Tidball was among thirteen international experts in ecology, biodiversity management and community engagement, who convened with over 50 key local professionals to produce strategies for moving forward with an urban biosphere concept that transcends municipal boundaries and is based on cooperation in the region. Their work, using Jerusalem as a case study, is currently being summarized for presentation at the Rio+20 Summit in June. The following are reviews of the workshop and two pieces on the symbolically important swift (apus apus) including a short film documenting the Annual Welcome Ceremony for the Swifts at the Western Wall, which concluded the workshop events:
http://www.iucn.org/about/union/secretariat/offices/europe/?9465/Towards-sustainable-urban-planning-in-Jerusalem
http://www.arcworld.org/news.asp?pageID=535
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfZpyHdL5ns&feature=youtu.be

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