Planning Guides

The resources in this database provide legal mechanisms, innovative policies, and best practices that planners can use to help their communities adapt to climate change, protect green infrastructure, and carry out sustainable land and water use practices.

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biodiverCITIES: A Handbook for Municipal Biodiversity Planning and Management

ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability
Published: 2015
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The handbook provides guidance on developing a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) to improve community biodiversity, sustainability and resilience. Examples of practices, tools and actions for biodiversity planning and management are provided. A five milestone approach is taken that starts with building a biodiversity team (initiate), includes a determination of the current state of biodiversity through a biodiversity assessment (assess), moves to the development of the BAP (plan), and ends with actions to implement the plan (implement) and verify implementation and outcomes (monitor/review).  It offers a list of outputs per milestone that can be used as a checklist in moving forward in the development and implementation of a BAP.  Case studies are provided throughout the handbook. Overall, the handbook is a very comprehensive and easy to read document on how local government can plan for and enhance biodiversity.
 
Subject Areas:
  • Biodiversity
  • Ecosystems
  • Environment
  • Green Infrastructure
  • Natural Resources
Applications:
  • Biodiversity Conservation Plan
  • Sensitive Ecosystems Protection Plan
Tools:
  • Case Studies
  • Checklists
  • Sample Goals/Objectives/Actions
  • Sample Plans/Policies/Strategies
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