Keith Tidball, Marianne Krasny, and Josh Cerra Work Towards Sustainable Urban Development

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.

Krasny talking with some colleagues.

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

Tidball at the URBIS workshop in Jerusalem.

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.


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DNR and Cornell Faculty Attended Rio+20

With support from the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, four Cornell faculty—Josh Cerra, Keith Tidball, Katherine Bunting-Howarth, and Marianne Krasny—contributed to the Rio+20 meetings as well as the ICLEI World Congress and ICLEI Urban Nature Forum in Belo Horizonte leading up to Rio+20.  Below is a short summary of their participation. The Cornell presence was noted and made a difference.

They all participated in:

  1. Urban Nature 2-day conference in Belo Horizonte
  2. ICLEI World Congress  (a parallel event)—Belo Horizonte
  3. Rio+20—various meetings and presentations as below.

In addition, Keith Tidball is part of the core team from ICLEI, Cornell, Stockholm Resilience Centre, and City of Jerusalem that prepared the Urban Biosphere (URBIS) designation system, which was signed on to by about 50 cities at the ICLEI side events and endorsed by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Finally, Keith organized the entire Cornell delegation’s participation.

Below is a list of specific Cornell contributions.

KEITH TIDBALL—Two presentations and core team member, URBIS

Tidball, KG. History of the Urban Biosphere initiative. ICLEI Urban Nature Forum. Belo Horizonte, Brazil. 14 June 2012.

Tidball, KG. Greening in the Red Zone. Cities and Biodiversity Outlook Workshop. Rio+20 meetings. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 18 June 2012.

KATHY BUNTING-HOWARTH—participant in three RIO+20 events and panelist in third event

Panelist: U.S. Side Event at Rio +20

Putting Words to Action: Implementing the Rio +20 Fisheries Recommendations

Participant: Global Oceans Day at Rio +20 (sponsored by the Global Oceans Forum and IOC-UNESCO) (a parallel event)  –below from attached draft agenda

ParticipantAdvancing Sustainability through Communication and Collaboration, (an official UN side event hosted by the University of Colorado)

Participant. Oceans at Rio+20: Toward Implementation of the Rio Ocean Commitments  (an official UN side event hosted by International Coastal and Ocean Organization, Secretariat of the Global Oceans Forum)

JOSH CERRA—one presentation

Cerra, J. Urban biodiversity: The contribution of science. ICLEI World Congress. Belo Horizonte, Brazil. 15 June 2012.

MARIANNE KRASNY—three presentations

Krasny, ME. Environmental Education and Social-ecological Systems Theory. ICLEI Urban Nature Forum. Belo Horizonte, Brazil. 14 June 2012.

Krasny, ME. Resilience, Learning, and Environmental Education. ICLEI World Congress. Belo Horizonte, Brazil. 16 June 2012.

Krasny, ME. Urban landscapes as learning arenas for sustainable management of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Cities and Biodiversity Outlook Workshop. Rio+20 meetings. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 18 June 2012.