Urban Biodiversity Program - Biocity

The principle of complementarity, ratified by contemporary science, may be a guide for the reorientation of the urban lifestyle. In cities, which for the first time in History concentrate most of the world’s population, conciliation between natural dynamics and civilization becomes urgent.

Environmental preservation is one of the strategic pillars of the planning process that the city of Curitiba has been conducting for over 40 years. The constant evolution of this process is now on a new level with the execution of the BIOCITY – Urban Biodiversity Program.

With this program, the concepts of environmental management are expanded. The objective of reducing local biodiversity losses involves specific actions such as the reintroduction of native plants, eradication of invading exotic plants and environmental education, for instance. The innovation, however, is not just in it, but it lies in the fact that the concern regarding biodiversity has become part of the entire municipal administration. Initiatives such as the revitalization of rivers, adoption of sustainable urban mobility alternatives and the encouragement of the preservation of private natural areas have demonstrated the transversality of this environmental issue.

By considering the urban biodiversity preservation under a systemic perspective, Curitiba reassures one fact: the planet’s environmental sustainability necessarily depends on the cities’ sustainability.

The “urban” lifestyle’s viability is fully linked to the acknowledgment that the richness of life on Earth, a product of millions of years of evolution in the Universe, is defined in the concept of Biodiversity - total genes, species and ecosystems within a region – manifested in its entire variety and vitality.

The Biocity Program, launched by the City's Government in 2007, refines concepts of environmental management, comprises projects that approach a wide set of urban issues and presents an important menu of innovative solutions.