Local authorities represent the level of government closest to people thus their involvement in the implementation of the Convention and its 2010 target is of crucial importance. As land-use planners, policy-makers, and developers and managers of local infrastructure, they have a critical role to play in promoting sustainable development and its biodiversity components. As community leaders, they have a responsibility to raise public awareness about the importance of biodiversity. In addition, actions at the local level can have direct results that can convince others of the need to get involved, while sending a message to higher levels of governments.
The establishment of a Global Partnership on Cities and Biodiversity was proposed during the Curitiba Meeting on Cities and Biodiversity in March 2007 to support cities in the sustainable management of their biodiversity resources, to assist cities to implement practices that support national, regional and international strategies, plans, and agendas on biodiversity, and to learn from existing initiatives. Click here
for more information on the Global Partnership on Cities and Biodiversity, which was formally launched in October 2008 at the IUCN World Conservation Congress.
Following the adoption of the Plan of Action on Sub-National Governments, Cities and Other Local Authorities for Biodiversity and the inclusion of partners from the sub-national levels of governments, the partnership was officially renamed Global Partnership on Local and Sub-National Action for Biodiversity at the occasion of the Second Meeting on the Implementation of the Plan of Action
which took place in the City of Bonn, Germany, on 5-6 September 2011.