In the Special Edition August 2012 newsletter of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) Cities Biodiversity Center, some of our very own members of the DNR were featured. A section of the newsletter discusses the first international Urban Biosphere (URBIS) workshop that is geared to bring together community interest groups, NGOs, researchers, and institutions from around the world to work towards sustainable urban development. The first workshop was in Jerusalem, using it as a model for city-regional planning. This unique workshop allows for the communication and collaboration across countries to work together.
From our very own Cornell University, Josh Cerra and Marianne Krasny were part of a team of scientists who brought knowledge and research to facilitate the progression of social-ecological systems in
regards to urban landscapes. Keith Tidball outlined the sophisticated development of URBIS and the successful practices already in place in Jerusalem and the results of the first URBIS workshop.