Call for expression of interest: 10 local governments sought to apply the IUCN Urban Nature Indeces

8 July 2022

An ambitious group of 10 local governments is sought to apply the IUCN Urban Nature Indices, a new methodological framework for measuring the ecological performance of cities.

To make ecological monitoring easier for cities, IUCN and partners have developed the Urban Nature Indices (UNI)* – a new methodological framework of 30 indicator topics nested across six themes. The framework spans three spheres of ecological impact: urban, bioregional and global. Implemented properly, the framework provides a meaningful yet manageable assessment of a city’s relationship with nature, enabling the setting of science-based targets and tracking of progress.

IUCN is now seeking to work with an initial cohort of 10 ambitious local governments to apply the UNI. The total required time commitment is estimated to be five days of one environmental officer during the period, August to October 2022. The 10 ‘early adopters’ will each receive training and technical support from IUCN, publicity on the IUCN website, and a tailored report of IUCN recommendations for improving indicator scores. Additionally, their indicator results will be published on the IUCN Urban Nature Indices digital platform, due for launch in December 2022.

Should your local government wish to be part of this cohort, please contact the relevant IUCN staff member below, by 20 July 2022.  

More information can be found here.