14: Wild Cities

Posted by on Oct 27, 2013 in Resolutions

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  1. Greetings, I just changed a bunch of the language and grammar, and added some content to make sure we’re covering the breadth necessary. I took out “sustainable development” both because I thought it was unnecessary and also because it’s too much of a buzzword for this groundbreaking work:

    1. The majority of the world population lives in cities; and
    2. In the urban millennium we must reconcile and harmonize the development and operation of cities with nature and recognize the importance of green and nature-based infrastructure for humans and biodiversity; and
    3. Biologically diverse habitats in and around cities, their wildlife and ecosystem services, are valuable and critically important for their contribution to global biodiversity and to human society; and
    4. Communication and education are indispensable elements of our strategy to embrace nature in cities; and [REORDERED WITH 5]
    5. The long-term protection of diverse ecosystems depends upon strong public appreciation, engagement and stewardship; and
    6. Citizens of the world are the trustees of nature, and public participation is essential to the creation and stewardship of biodiverse cities, and the protection of nature beyond metropolitan areas; and
    7. [NO CHANGES SINCE IT WAS PRE-EXISTING LANGUAGE, THOUGH IT COULD USE SOME WORK AS WELL] The WILD Cities initiative was launched at WILD10and aims to achieve: (1) continued and expanded ecosystem services to urban areas; (2) quantity and quality wildlife habitat and biodiversity within cities and the watershed; (3) enticing opportunities for recreation, and health and economic benefits from open and green spaces in the city confines and beyond; (4) educational opportunities; and (5) revenue generation (jobs, property values, tourism income) and public cost savings (avoiding environmental remediation and storm reco

    Resolved

    To develop guidelines for best practices for nature restoration and enhancement in municipal planning and management, and for citizen and community education, involvement and engagement with local ecological stewardship.

    To develop a WILD Cities special designation that will serve to validate the need to protect, restore and integrate urban biodiversity, and that would attract positive international attention to designated WILD Cities and urban ecological stewardship.

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