Sustainable Development and Biodiversity in Cities

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“To imagine” Here, an innovative building in the Prefecture of Fukuoka (Japan).

Within the broader paradigm of sustainability and quality of life, the Natural Sciences Sector of UNESCO proposes to articulate how in urban areas, scientific knowledge of terrestrial and marine ecosystems, including of land, freshwater and oceans is essential to better cities and better lives, to reducing poverty and to mitigating the effects of climate change. Many of the world’s biggest cities are built on the estuaries of rivers and are on the coasts.

Science education and education for sustainable development in cites will also significantly contribute to finding solutions to ever-increasing environmental problems, clean and efficient energy supply and economic development for over half the world’s population which now occupies urban areas.

World Heritage Cities could be used as an example of one of the specialized UNESCO networks that provide the culturally and historically advantageous setting to demonstrate innovations for the future.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Activities to include:

  • Panel discussion on Biosphere Reserves (MAB) within the context of International Year of Biodiversity, organized by the Chinese Academy of Science.
  • Multimedia presentation in the changing exhibition area
    • Short film “Water in Cities”
    • Sophisticated, interactive visual graphic presentation “Science and Knowledge for Sustainable Urban Water Management: UNESCO-IHP Urban Water Series”
    • Short documentary related to the environment of coastal cities /mega cities titled “Coastal Cities on the Edge”
    • Video footage on the Mondialogo Engineering Award
    • CD-Rom entitled “Cross sight:Cities on Landscape and Environmental Design”

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