Subject: 16th URBIO newsletter – April 6th 2011
From: “urbio network”
Date: Wed, April 6, 2011 9:00 pm
To: Hadi Susilo Arifin
Priority: Normal
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Dear colleagues,

On behalf of the URBIO board we would like to send our deepest
condolences to our Japanese friends who were so badly affected by the
11th march 2011 earthquake, tsunami and serious problems resulting from
damaged nuclear power plants. We also extend our deepest condolences to
our friends in New Zealand who were hit by 2 earthquakes on 4th
September 2010 and another on Tuesday, 22nd February 2011 and to our
friends in the Pacific affected by earlier extensive floods in January
and February.
The environmental impacts will be long lasting and we hope that we can
find ways to help our friends in the recovery efforts. Please contact us
with any suggestions on how our URBIO network can be used to support our

Latest news from URBIO:

1 Japanese URBIO 2010 Organizing committee closed

The mission of URBIO2010 organization committee was completely finished
and the committee was dissolved. Exchange of information is kept for
considering measures against the latest disasters. They could set aside
some money, which should be used to invite Japanese colleagues to
URBIO2012 or other related conferences.
We are grateful to all members of the URBIO2010 organization committee
for their wonderful work for URBIO 2010 and the URBIO network. We often
remember the wonderful days in Japan.

2 Information on the Global Partnership – Global Assessment for Cities

The results of the first meeting on the Implementation of the “Plan of
Action on Sub-National Governments, Cities and Other Local Authorities
for Biodiversity 2011-2020” in Montpellier is now available
The CBD Secretary will prepare an assessment report on biodiversity and
urbanization requested by decision X/22 in Nagoya 2010 (“Requests the
Executive Secretary, subject to the availability of resources, to
prepare an assessment of the links and opportunities between
urbanization and biodiversity for the eleventh meeting of the Conference
of the Parties, based on the third edition of the Global Biodiversity
• CBD is hiring a research assistant to work with partners on the
• Stockholm Resilience Centre with Thomas Elmquist is the focal point
on the development of a scientific advisory group with a range of
• Draft structure and outline of the assessment is being developed
and will be shared with the Global Partnership;
• URBIO, Urbis, UNEP WCMC and IUCN will be involved in the project;
• Information about progress during the URBIO meeting at IALE
conference on August the 19th in Bejing (see below)
• Launch in 2012 at the Singapore World City Summit.

3 Urban sessions during IALE Beijing and URBIO meeting in August 2011

During the Int. IALE meeting in Beijing in August 2011 will be a series
of 6 urban sessions where many URBIO members are involved:
The sessions are:
– Benchmarking biodiversity towards a sustainable city (Yukihiro
Morimoto et al, URBIO)
– Climate Change, Landscape Ecological Infrastructure and Urbanism
(Kongjian Yu)
– Design for Biodiversity in Cities – a Global Overview (Norbert Müller
et al, URBIO)
– Remote Sensing and Spatial Indicators for Detecting Urban Trajectories
(Maik Netzband)
– Urbanization and its impacts on terrestrial ecosystem (Chunyang He /
Zhifeng Liu)
– Urban green spaces, human health and eco-environment quality (Nobukazu
Nakagoshi / Fanhua Kong)
– Urban Ecology for Sustainable Urban Environment (Jürgen Breuste et al.)
The two URBIO sessions will introduce the Bonn and Nagoya CBD decisions
and to the work of the Global Partnership on Cities and Biodiversity and
will be held on the 20th August.
The deadline of abstract submission was extended until 30th April.
On the 19th August 7 pm an open URBIO Board meeting will be held where
all URBIO participants are invited.
Thomas Elmquist from the Stockholm Resilience Center will report on the
progress of the Global Assessment for Cities (see topic 1).
There is the possibility to discuss the further work of our network.
Please send us proposals for topics by the end of May 2011.

4 Upcoming Conferences

– International Urban Wildlife Planning and Management Conference –
May 22nd-25th, 2011 in Austin/Texas, USA
The theme of this Conference focuses on the challenges faced by
practitioners, planners, architects, designers and researchers when
attempting to anticipate the consequences for wildlife as they plan and
develop the ecology of urban environments. Interact with us while we
examine urban ecosystems, challenges of urban wildlife management,
planning for the inclusion/exclusion of urban wildlife, the linkages of
open space, urban forestry, research needs, and New Urbanism concepts.
More information at

– World Water Week – August 21st-27th, 2011 in Stockholm, Sweden
The 2011 World Water Week in Stockholm will focus on concrete examples,
policies and ideas of how wise water management contributes to
increasing liveability, resilience and prudent prosperity for all
citizens within and around cities.
For further information visit

– EFLA Regional Congress 2011 “Mind the Gap. Landscapes for a New
Era” – November 2nd-4th, 2011 in Tallinn, Estonia
The aim of this congress is for academics and professionals to share
knowledge about how city space is created by the intertwining of various
spheres. From such interaction with city environments, gaps in urban
structure and urban life will appear and by exploring and understanding
them, we are better prepared to create appropriate and unique
environments in our cities – quality of life/quality of living.
More information at

– 25th International Congress for Conservation Biology – 5th-9th
December, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand
Several URBIO members will be involved at the special symposium
entitled: ‘Conserving Biodiversity in Urban Environments: Engaging
Policymakers, Developers, and Citizens’ (Hostetler, Meurk, Stewart, et al.).
Please find more information at:

5 New Literature

– Many URBIO members have contributed to the following book and by
using the ‘promo code’ in the attached flyer URBIO members can get a 20%
Urban Ecology Patterns, Processes, and Applications
Edited by Jari Niemelä together with Jürgen H. Breuste, Glenn
Guntenspergen, Nancy E. McIntyre, Thomas Elmqvist, and Philip James
Oxford University Press, ISBN: 978-0-19-956356-2

– The Routledge Handbook of Urban Ecology
Ian Douglas, David Goode, Mike Houck, Rusong Wang
Routledge, ISBN: 978-0-415-49813-5

– Public Parks: The Key to Livable Communities
Alexander Garvin
W. W. Norton & Company, ISBN: 0393732797

– Megacities – Urban Form, Gorvernance and Sustainability
Sorensen, André; Okata, Junichiro (Eds.)
Springer, ISBN: 978-4-431-99266-0

– European New Towns – Image, Identities, Future Perspectives
Pascaline Gaborit
Peter Lang Brüssel, ISBN: 978-90-5201-671-9

– Cities and Climate Change
OECD Library, ISBN: 9789264063662

– Biodiversity for Low and Zero Carbon Buildings: A Technical Guide
for New Buildings
Carol Williams
RIBA Enterprises, ISBN: 1859463533

– Wildlife of a Garden: A Thirty-year Study – Biodiversity in a
suburban English garden
Jennifer Owen
Royal Horticultural Society, ISBN: 9781907057120

– Biophilic Cities: Integrating Nature into Urban Design
Timothy Beatley
Island Press, ISBN: 9781597267151

6 Submission of papers for special issue: Urban Biodiversity
Conservation and Restoration

The following Special Issue will be published in the open access journal
“Diversity” (, ISSN 1424-2818),
and is open for submission of a comprehensive review article or a full
research paper for peer-review and possible publication:
Special Issue: Urban Biodiversity Conservation and Restoration
Guest Editor: Prof. Dr. Michael L. McKinney
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 December 2011

Best wishes from Germany and Japan

Norbert and Mahito

Norbert Müller 1 – URBIO, n.mueller(at) and
Mahito Kamada – URBIO, kamada(at)

1 President Office URBIO
Prof. Dr. Norbert Müller

Fachgebiet Landschaftspflege & Biotopentwicklung
Dep. Landscape Management & Restoration Ecology
University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, Faculty LGF
P.O. Box 450155, 99051 Erfurt, GERMANY

Phone: + 49 361– 6700– 282 or – 269 (Office)