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Target: By 2025, 100 percent of counties in the combined statistical area of St. Louis are using the Regional Biodiversity Atlas (from a 2018 baseline) to actively guide their planning, policies, and practices in ways that increase habitat connectivity, ecological functionality, and quality of life for all.

Background: Ecosystems are directly responsible for the basics of daily life—air, water, soil, and food. Ecosystem change today is being driven by metropolitan regions, often characterized by high-intensity land use and high degrees of fragmentation. Opportunities exist to protect and connect remnants of biodiversity and to reimagine built areas to integrate living, natural systems into community design using quality data to support measurable interventions.

Structure: The Biodiversity Working Group is organized by BiodiverseCity St. Louis, a network of organizations and individuals throughout the greater St. Louis region working to improve quality of life for all through actions that welcome nature into our urban, suburban, and rural communities.

Activities: BiodiverseCity St. Louis has been meeting since 2012. As a result of the Sustainability Summit and the identified Target, this working group will:
Build a regional inventory of biodiversity data.

  • Develop and promote a regional vision and increase awareness for healthier, connected, biodiverse lands and waters.
  • Develop a regional atlas of priority sites and pilot projects for biodiversity conservation.
  • Develop a playbook of model projects that could be replicated in urban, suburban, and rural communities.