Subject: 17th URBIO newsletter – August 10th 2011
From: “urbio network”
Date: Wed, August 10, 2011 6:18 pm
To: Hadi Susilo Arifin

Dear colleagues,

Just in front of the IALE World congress in Beijing we send you our summer newsletter.

1 First Announcement of the URBIO 2012 conference

“Urban Biodiversity and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation” in Bombay, India from 8th to 12th October 2012

The organizing committee for URBIO 2012 (in collaboration with the URBIO Advisory Board) invites contributions for symposia themes. All submissions should be submitted online at the conference website: by 1st November, 2011.
To implement the Strategic Plan 2011-2020 of the CBD in the urban context, URBIO 2012 will be held before CBD-COP 11, planned for
Hyderabad in October 2012, and will feed into its deliberations, as well as into the second City Biodiversity Summit.
Please distribute the:

1. Announcement (see attached file).

We are happy and grateful that Prof. Haripriya Gundimeda from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of
Technology, Bombay will organize URBIO 2012.

2 URBIO personal issues

The URBIO Advisory Board is now visible on our website We are
grateful to all members for their continuing support. Dr. Zeng-Hong Kong – Director from the Eco-City Research Centre Shanghai
– finished her one year research stay at the URBIO Network Office in Erfurt recently and went back to China. We had a wonderful and fruitful time together in Europe in exchanging scientific and cultural affairs.

3 Information on the Global Partnership on Cities and Biodiversity (CBD)

The Executive Secretary of the CBD Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf has invited Norbert Müller to work as representative of URBIO in the advisory
committee on the preparation of the “Cities and Biodiversity Outlook I (CBO I)”. The “Cities and Biodiversity Outlook I (CBO I)” will provide a global evaluation of the impacts of urbanization on biodiversity and ecosystems and will serve as a tool in reinforcing the complementary role of sub-national governments and local authorities in the implementation of CBD. In addition, it will present best practices, innovative solutions and tools towards a sustainable urban environment taking into consideration global initiatives such as the Plan of Action on Sub-National Governments, Cities and Other Local Authorities for Biodiversity (2011-2020); the Global Partnership an Cities and Biodiversity; and the Singapore Index on Cities’ Biodiversity (CBI). The CBO It will be launched at the Second Summit on Cities and Biodiversity to be held in conjunction with the High Level Segment of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) of CBD, in India, in October 2012.

4 URBIO on the IALE World Congress in Beijing in August 2011

On August 19th from 6:00-7:00pm, an URBIO meeting will be organized by Yukihiro Morimoto and Mahito Kamada (Japan) together with other members of URBIO Advisory board. The meeting will be held in Room 205A at the congress venue of IALE in Beijing.
Topics are:
1 Report on the progress of the Global assessment for cities – Thomas Elmquist
2 URBIO 2012 in India first announcement
3 Various
All URBIO members are invited to join the meeting.

URBIO sessions and information on the work with the CBD We are looking foreword to meet many colleagues at our two URBIO
sessions on the 20th August . We have wonderful presentations there.
The two URBIO sessions
– Benchmarking biodiversity towards a sustainable city and
– Design for Biodiversity in Cities – a Global Overview will run one after the other have also the aim to give an deeper inside on the scientific work on Cities and Biodiversity related to the CBD and make it more popular within the whole scientific community.

5 New Literature

– Plants and Habitats of European Cities . John G. Kelcey & Norbert Müller (Eds.) 2011. Springer New York Dordrecht Heidelberg London, ISBN 978-0-387-89683-0
Following the book “Birds in European Cities” edited by J. G. Kelcey and G. Rheinwald in 2005 now a natural history of “Plants and Habitats of European Cities” is available. The book contains details of sixteen cities in the European peninsula from Almeria to St. Petersburg and from Sofia to London and is written by local experts. The chapters start with a description of the natural features and history of the cities and then consider how urbanization has affected the environment (for example, pollution, the heat island effect and climatic changes). The recorded botanical history of the city is followed by an account of the flora, which is mainly concerned with flowering plants and ferns. Where there is sufficient information the chapters include summary descriptions of
the algae, bryophytes, lichens and fungi. The plant communities and species composition of the major natural and semi-natural habitats are described and followed by accounts of the species found in more typical urban habitats. These include housing areas of different types and densities, industrial zones, unused and previously developed land, parks, cemeteries, allotments and similar habitats, transport routes (for example railway land and road verges) and various aquatic habitats including rivers and flooded mineral workings. Beside the single city chapters the book contains in the conclusion an overall comparison of the cities.
Plants and Habitats of European Cities is another important step towards the full understanding of the natural history of European cities. It is unique in describing, for the first time in a single volume, the flora and plant communities that occur in some of the major European cities.

– Urban Ecosystem Ecology (Agronomy Monograph Series Nr. 55) Jacqueline Aitkenhead-Peterson & Astrid Volder (Eds.) 2011
American Society of Agronomy, Inc., Crop Science Society of America, Inc., Soil Science Society of America, Inc., ISBN: 978-0-89118-175-0

– Biodiversity Planning: an assessment of national biodiversity strategies and action plansChristian Prip, Tony Gross, Sam Johnston & Marjo Vierros 2011 United Nations University & UNU-IAS (Institute of Advanced Studies), Yokohama, Japan. ISBN: 978-92-808-4514-3
Download at:

6 New Journal: Journal of Biodiversity and Ecological Sciences (JBES)

JBES is a newly established international scientific journal originating from Iran which came into existence on October, 2010. JBES adopts an open access publication strategy – all interested readers are able to freely access JBES online without the need for a subscription. JBES provides a forum for the publication of original research articles, review articles, case reports, research notes, technical reports and other studies related to aspects of Biodiversity and Ecology. Any published paper in JBES is free of charge and without any page fee.You will find more information and the first two issues available at:

7 Educations: Master of Science – Environmental Governance – Specialization in Biodiversity

New Master of Science at the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS): “Environmental Governance – Specialization in Biodiversity”. The programme draws on UNU-IAS’s long-standing reputation for excellence in policy-oriented research for sustainable development. Protecting and preserving biodiversity is one of the most important global environmental challenges we face today. With growing international interest on environmental governance and the role of biodiversity in regional and national development, there is increasing demand for biodiversity experts with empirically and conceptually grounded training.
Please

Best wishes from Germany and Japan

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

President Office URBIO
Prof. Dr. Norbert Müller

Fachgebiet Landschaftspflege & Biotopentwicklung
Dep. Landscape Management & Restoration Ecology
University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, Faculty LGF
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Phone: + 49 361– 6700– 282 or – 269 (Office)