• Cape Town, South Africa •

25-26 February 2006

Over 75 delegates representing 11 countries attended the Urban Nature 2006 Forum, a pre-ICLEI World Congress event that took place at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.


Held under the auspices of the South African National Biodiversity Institute, the purpose of this Urban Nature Forum was to draw together local governments and other interested organizations around the theme of planning for and managing urban biodiversity at the local government level. The workshop was structured to address the overarching question of how to mainstream biodiversity into the social and economic structures of society.

Recommendations from the event included:

  1. The creation of a networking node that would provide continuity for communication links established for this and other common interest groups,
  2. The establishment of a media communications strategy, which would include formal academic papers, a biodiversity digest and an almanac of practical information printed at low cost or using electronic circulation, and an internet blog site.

Noteworthy speakers:

  • Mohammed Valli Moosa, President, IUCN
  • Thea Jordan, Deputy Director of Environmental Planning, uMhlathuze Municipality, South Africa
  • Sebastian Winkler, Head of the Countdown 2010 Secretariat, IUCN


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