MAIN BENEFITS OF URBAN BIODIVERSITY
Improves air quality; vegetation acts as natural air filter.
Promotes thermal comfort and attenuate the heat island effect.
Absorbs and Disperses noise; natural noise buffer.
Regulates water infiltration and reduction of erosion and runoff.
Improves biophilia and resilience of the city ecosystem.
Prevents pests and regulate populations of harmful animals.
Mitigates climate change by conserving healthy vegetation that stores carbon dioxide.
Reduces stress and improves and promotes physical and mental health.
Reduces public insecurity and promotes local commerce.
Has Positive Impact on local economy.
“RESTORING THE LINK BETWEEN CITIES AND NATURE”
CITIES ON THE FRONT LINE OF NATURE LOSS
AN OUTSIZED PROBLEM
Cities occupy 2% of the world’s surface, and use 75% of the world’s resources to generate 80% of global GDP.
A PROBLEM FOR NATURE
The built environment has grown by
66% since the start of the century, resulting in destruction and degradation of natural habitats and tree coverage.
A GROWING PROBLEM
55% of the world’s population live in urban areas, and this is forecast to grow to 80% by 2050.
A CLIMATE PROBLEM
Urban areas are responsible for over 75% of global carbon emissions
A PROBLEM FOR HUMANITY
Our economic system and our future is completely reliant on nature, with ecosystem services valued at US$33 trillion annually.