Biodiversity Assessments Cohort

Update: This Cohort has been modified into a 6-session Biodiversity Bootcamp in October, 2021

Urban places are rich in biodiversity. However, in most U.S. cities, considerations for biodiversity, equitable access to nature, and climate change are not currently at the center of land use decisions nor tackled with an all-of-government approach. Moreover, the intersection of biodiversity, health, equity, and climate change are not yet fully understood by the City, its residents, and its stakeholders.  Policy change is required to put these three interconnected considerations at the core of decision making.  International cities have used various tools to achieve these goals: The City Biodiversity Index, Natural Assets Map,  and Biodiversity Assessment Reports.

Among city networks, ICLEI holds a unique leadership role as the focal point for local and regional governments in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD),  providing ICLEI USA members with access to a plethora of biodiversity resources, including the CitiesWithNature platform. 

This cohort will introduce up to 12 ICLEI USA members to biodiversity assessment and action.

At a Glance

Open To:

ICLEI Members, Cities, Counties

# Participants:



Jul 2021 through Dec2021


200 - Intermediate




Low Emissions, Resilient, Nature-Based


There is no additional cost to participate. ICLEI estimates the value of this instruction at $5,000 per community: 6 hours of group instruction, 12 hours of individual support, access to tools and peer network, and recognition.


Open to ICLEI members only. Participants must be registered on the CitiesWithNature platform.

Who Will Participate

Up to 12 ICLEI members will participate. Although not required as a prerequeisite, participants will be highly encouraged to join the CitiesWithNature platform (a free framework-based platform) and sign on to the Edinburgh Declaration for local support to an updated UN Convention on Biological Diversity.

Effort Level

Participants will attend live virtual training sessions and complete tasks between sessions. ICLEI technical experts will provide individual coaching sessions. Expect 30 hours of effort during the eight-month cohort duration.


Note that this preliminary schedule will be adding or adjusting sessions during January 2021. The cohort is under development with ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center and will incorporate the latest knowledge based for local action for nature. Exact dates pending participant input with anticipated start Month of July 2021.

Session 1: The United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity and global advocacy roles for local and regional governments.

Session will include cities utilizing the CitiesWithNature platform Nature and Resilience Pathways.

Session 2: The City Biodiversity Index (Singapore Index) and Establishing Baselines for Action in Support of Nature.

Session 3: Natural Asset Mapping and Community Engagement for Nature

Session 4: Introduction to Biodiversity Assessment Reports – Participants select preferred method to assess biodiversity and incorporate into broader plans.

One-on-one check-ins

Session 5: Participants report out on preferred method Round robin comparison of results

Session 6: Communicating the Value of Biodiversity in your community

One-on-one, ongoing membership support


Contact your ICLEI Technical Advisor or email