URBES Fact sheet #1: The URBES project
The URBES project bridges the knowledge gap on the role of urban biodiversity and ecosystem services for human well-being. It further aims to inform urban management and decision-makers on how to best integrate the natural environment and human needs. The URBES partnership of academic institutions and international organisations translates science into action for cities.
Investing in ecosystem conservation makes economic sense. It strengthens the ability of cities to adapt to climate change and make the transition to a more healthy and sustainable future. Ecosystems provide natural solutions to many challenges cities face by offering numerous services such as clean air, water filtration, flood prevention, noise reduction, recreation, as well as climate change mitigation and adaptation. This can help save money and generate economic benefits for cities.