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Local Action for Biodiversity

Local Action for Biodiversity (LAB) is a global biodiversity programme coordinated by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability in partnership with IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). LAB’s approach is action-oriented and customised for local and regional authorities and their partners around the world, with the goal of improved and effective biodiversity management at the local level. LAB is a key component of, and contributor to, the Global Partnership on Cities and Biodiversity, chaired by the Secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity and launched at IUCN’s 2008 World Conservation Congress in Barcelona.

LAB started in 2006 with 21 pioneer cities and local governments who are international leaders in managing biodiversity at the local level. The Programme is coordinated by a team of biodiversity experts who offer support to all participants in the form of technical assistance, provision of networking and profiling opportunities and, together with partners, providing a platform for global advocacy.

Capacity, objectives and requirements vary among local authorities and accordingly LAB offers a variety of entry points for participation:

  • The LAB Pioneer Project

    A three-year, five-step process producing key deliverables on assessment, planning and implementation, underpinned by political commitment.

  • LAB Special Focus Projects

    A range of specialised biodiversity projects that are thematically focused and often regionally specific.

  • LABNetwork

    Association with the LAB Programme and a way of keeping up to date with the various LAB activities.

For more information contact the LAB Programme Team at lab@iclei.org or visit the LAB website at www.iclei.org/lab.

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