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  • Andre Mader

    Andre Mader

    Local Action for Biodiversity
    Convention on Biodiversity
    Montreal, Canada

    Andre Mader is a South African conservation biologist, working at the interface of biodiversity policy and practice. He has an MSc in Conservation Biology from the University of Cape Town. In the years between and since, he has worked in various parts of South Africa, the Middle East and Canada as researcher, “wildlife breeding technician”, land manager, trainer and project officer – always with conservation as the centre of activities. Since 2006 Andre has been working with local governments on technical and advocacy aspects of ICLEI’s Local Action for Biodiversity programme, which led to his current secondment to the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, where he works with Oliver Hillel – another contributor to this forum. His career focus is on identifying gaps in current understanding of how to reach the ambitious twin goals of conservation and development. He is a firm believer that local authorities, especially those who govern cities, have a critical and, as yet, unexploited part to play.

    April 21, 2015

    1) Natural vegetation. Credit Brian Ralphs
    A Spatial Overview of the Nature of Cities
    Andre Mader, Montreal

    I like to simplify what constitutes urban nature in a given area. I therefore thought it might be interesting to provide an overview and to ask whether anything is missing, or erroneously included. This article expresses my view of the...

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    February 4, 2015

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    The Bright Side of Indigenous Urbanization for Biodiversity 
    Henrique Mercer, Montreal
    Viviana Figueroa, Montreal
    Andre Mader, Montreal
    Oliver Hillel, Montreal

    Over time, cities originated wherever indigenous cultures agglomerated and planned links between their settlements and peri-urban ecosystems for the provision of water, food and other goods and services. Not by coincidence, these settlements often occurred in biodiversity hotspots—and we know...

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    September 24, 2014

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    The UN’s Biodiversity Targets Cannot Be Achieved Without Cities. Here’s Why…
    Andre Mader, Montreal

    In 2010, the 193 national governments that were then party to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted a decision to endorse the “Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020”—to guide their actions towards stemming the biodiversity crisis over the following 10...

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    January 22, 2014

    Crowds gather at hourly intervals in Cologne Zoo to watch an eagle alight on its handler's arm as he stands among them. Photo: Andre Mader
    What Is the Point of Zoos?
    Andre Mader, Montreal

    What’s a zoo to you? “Zoo” was one of the first words I learned to say, and the local zoo was my favorite place to visit as a child. I can’t be sure that it was that experience which led...

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    December 3, 2013

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    Money for urban biodiversity is scarce. What is the single most important idea, program or action any city should undertake to promote biodiversity?
    Ana Faggi, Buenos Aires
    Pippin Anderson, Cape Town
    John Kostyack, Washington, D.C.
    Bram Gunther, New York
    Peter Werner
    Andre Mader, Montreal
    David Maddox, New York City

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    July 17, 2013

    Sea-floor-like ceiling detail at La Pedrera. Photo: André Mader
    Barcelona—Gaudi’s City
    Andre Mader, Montreal

    I am currently typing away at a hairdresser in Tarragona, in Spain, while my wife receives a pre-wedding facial. That is the reason for our presence in Spain. Our families will soon descend on a tiny village in the mountains...

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    January 6, 2013

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    Key Factors in Sustaining the Local Ecological Agenda
    Andre Mader, Montreal

    One hundred ninety two national governments and the EU have signed the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), pledging to work towards its three objectives (see here).  In reality, much of the onus falls on local governments although, often, neither level...

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