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Many specialised networks for local regional authorities and biodiversity exist. These are presented in this section.

The CBD recognises that local and sub-national (regional) governments are considered guardians of natural resources because they set local environment and development policy, are responsible for land-use planning, and develop and manage infrastructure that depend on and/or impact biodiversity, such as water and waste management systems. The CBD action with local governments consists of:

  • Plan of Action on Sub-National Governments, Cities and Other Local Authorities on Biodiversity 2011-2020
  • Global Partnership on Local and Sub-national Action for Biodiversity
  • Cities and Biodiversity Outlook 1
  • City Biodiversity Index (or Singapore Index)
  • Local Action for Biodiversity

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Local and regional authorities biodiversity networking action:

More general or associated European networks of regional and local authorities also (indirectly) address biodiversity conservation as part of their objectives and activities:


European Learning Network for Regions and Biodiversity
PO Box 90154 
5000 LG Tilburg
the Netherlands
T +31 (0)13 5944 944
F +31 (0)13 5944 945


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