Co-creating fair and biodiverse Latin American cities

Chair:   Diana Ruiz (
Wilson  Ramírez  (
Co-chair:   Marcela Lalinde (
Juan Camilo Osorio  (

Short Description:
Socio-spatial segregation is one of the main challenges of Latin American cities and it has become a priority for local public action. In addition to generating homogenization and social isolation, spatial segregation implies an unequal distribution of human population's access to environmental goods and services and, in most cases, increases the environmental pressures of urban development. The government's ability to manage this phenomenon and reduce its impacts seems to be insufficient with conventional mechanisms, highlighting the need to find alternative strategies consistent with the context and capabilities of each region. In this scenario, and considering that several countries in the region have high levels of biodiversity, natural capital, local knowledge and citizen participation represent fundamental tools to face the socio-environmental implications of rapid and intense urbanization.
This workshop aims to encourage the exchange of experiences and reflections about how valuation and conservation of natural capital, particularly biodiversity, represents an opportunity to address goals related to socio-spatial segregation, based on global approaches but responding to specific Latin-American contexts. Through plenary sessions, discussion and practical group sessions, we expect to promote the co-creation of innovative proposals which will be a preliminary outcome to establish research networks and projects as well as generating practical policy-relevant recommendations to include biodiversity in the development of sustainable and fair cities.