In order to be featured on Biopolis, your project must take place in one or more cities in Southern Québec, and must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- A component of research or data collection aimed at increasing knowledge on the subject of urban biodiversity or the habitats that support it
- Involve a habitat creation or rehabilitation intervention intended to stimulate or support urban biodiversity (greening, urban agriculture, landscaping, phytoremediation, wildlife habitat, etc.)
- Include a conservation component of a specific habitat or of a natural area
- Promote urban biodiversity through education and public awareness
- Address elements that threaten urban biodiversity (eg. the fight against invasive alien species)
- Furthermore, your project must not contain any element that may constitute a nuisance to urban biodiversity (eg. introduction of alien species, destruction of a natural area, etc.)
Specific projects will be prioritized over organizations or enterprises as a whole, unless they are affiliated to a physical location that puts forward urban biodiversity. For the time being, one-off events will not be considered to partake in Biopolis.
The Biopolis team reserves the right to refuse any project that does not meet the above-mentioned requirements or for any other relevant reason.
How do we define Biodiversity?
“’’Biological diversity’ (biodiversity) means the variability among living organisms from all sources including, inter alia, terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are part; this includes diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems.” – The Convention of Biological Diversity
The Convention of Biological Diversity has also identified five major threats to biodiversity:
- The loss and fragmentation of habitat
- Overexploitation of species
- Climate change
- Invasive alien species
Biopolis wishes to encourage and inspire initiatives that will address these issues and challenges within a context of global decline of biodiversity.
The Biopolis Advisory Committee
The Biopolis Advisory Committee brings together key stakeholders from the urban biodiversity scene. The members of the committee have been mandated to pool their multiple and complementary skills in order to support and advise the WWF-Canada team in the development of Biopolis. Members of this standing committee take part in discussions and foster research ideas or projects that are linked to advancing urban biodiversity across Canada. Members of the advisory committee stem from research institutions, public bodies, and from private and non-governmental organizations.