The ‘BiodiverCité’ project aims at designing guidelines for the preservation of biodiversity in urban landscapes.

The project has four major objectives :

1) quantify biodiversity in the urban and suburban landscapes of the city of Bordeaux. This is done in a multi-taxa framework, using major groups of terrestrial and aquatic fauna, based on historical databases as well as new data collection (groups targeted include butterflies, damselflies, dragonflies, amphibians, fishes)

2) identify conservation priority areas based on known biodiversity and landscape connectivity

3) develop a participatory modeling approach based on interviews and working groups with stakeholders for constructing urban development scenarios and estimating their impacts on biodiversity

4) identify and map ecosystem services provided by wetlands in the study area.

The ITE chair is involved in goals 1, 2 and 3. The project is coordinated by the University of Bordeaux, and also involves INRA, Bordeaux Sciences Agro, Irstea and other members of private and public sectors.