APRU Biodiversity for Sustainable Cities Webinar Series 2024

Human impact on the environment is now causing the crisis of biodiversity loss at unprecedented rates, especially for places like cities, which are the most populated settlements in the world and face great challenges in resisting biodiversity loss. How to allow human development and biodiversity conservation to work together for sustainable development is a key issue that needs to be resolved.

In light of addressing this global challenge, the APRU Biodiversity Program and Sustainable Cities & Landscapes Program are jointly organizing a webinar series in partnership with The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and The University of Sydney for researchers, practitioners, educators, students, and other stakeholders to share insights into ecosystem protection for urban sustainability.

Session 1
Urban Landscapes Biodiversity Conservation in Practice: Framework, Assessment and Design
9am – 10:20am on April 9, 2024, Tuesday (Shanghai, CST)
/ 9pm – 10:20pm on April 8, 2024, Monday (Pennsylvania, EDT)
/ 6pm – 7:20pm on April 8, 2024, Monday (California, PDT)
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  • Prof. Ruishan Chen, Department of Landscape Architecture, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, “Urban Biodiversity Conservation in the Post-2020 Framework
  • Prof. Andy Cole, Department of Landscape Architecture, The Pennsylvania State University, “Biodiversity for Sustainable Cities – Issues with Site Assessment


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Ruishan Chen
Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Prof. Ruishan Chen is Professor of Human-Environmental Interaction at the Department of Landscape Architecture, School of Design at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He is Director of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) East Asian Hub and has been involved in the assessment of land degradation and restoration, and transformative change assessment of the International Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Prof. Chen has been working on land-use change, urban disaster risk reduction, climate change, and coastal land reclamation. Recently, he has been combining adaptation and mitigation measures through landscape architecture and nature-based solutions to achieve carbon-neutral and resilient Cities. He is working as a shepherd for UCCRN’s climate change, covid-19, and cities, and a lead author for nature-based solutions in cities.

Andy Cole
The Pennsylvania State University

Prof. Andy Cole, Director of Center for Ecology plus Design (E+D) at The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), serves as the ecologist within the Department of Landscape Architecture, bringing ecological understanding into the curriculum such that students’ thinking, and their designs are enhanced. He teaches the basic ecology course, including plant identification, and seminars ranging from restoration ecology to watershed stewardship. Dr. Cole is a wetland ecologist by training, though he also has a wildlife biology background.  He has a long-standing interest in the creation of wetland ecosystems and their developing characteristics and function.

Fei Mo (Moderator)
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Tien Ming Lee (Moderator)
Sun Yat-sen University

For any inquiries regarding the webinar series, please reach out to [email protected]