Science-based targets for nature

Safeguarding our natural habitats and resources is pivotal for maintaining a livable planet for humankind. But it is also key for building livable cities, where vibrant communities thrive. By setting meaningful and actionable targets for nature, cities can pave the way for healthier citizens, flourishing economies, and attractive cities that sustain a high quality of life.

We launched a program to develop cities-focused science-based targets for nature in 2023. Advancing the scope to include cities, alongside companies, the new cities’ science-based targets for nature program’s first objective is to create a holistic, guidance build on existing frameworks that can help cities navigate the best target setting methodologies for nature.

We expect initial guidance for cities to be available in spring 2025.

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We need your input

The objective of the Program is to develop a guideline for setting science-based targets for nature and provide an accessible methodology for cities to implement and take action. The expertise of city officials and frontline practitioners is indispensable in this endeavor.

We recently invited you to collaborate with us by providing insights, validation, and feedback to ensure the on-the-ground perspective and experience is integrated in the development of the target setting guidelines, during the following event the workshop ‘Nature SBTs for Cities: Opportunities, Challenges, and Lessons Learned’. We delved deeper into aligning program outcomes with current city needs, addressing questions, and sharing insights.

There will be more opportunities to provide feedback and join events soon.

Kick-off Event

On May 16, city practitioners and participants joined SBTN for a presentation of program objectives, approach and initial outcomes, and assessments of existing nature frameworks.

Watch the webinar recording: Part 1 and Part 2

Download presentation slides


The Cities’ science-based targets for nature program is a collaborative effort with some of the world’s leading cities networks, research institutions, and advisory organizations focused on cities: CDP, WWF, WRI, C40, ICLEI, IUCN, Durham University, TNC, and Arup.

At the heart of the consortium, Metabolic and Urban Biodiversity Hub will act as core delivery partners.