ICLEI was founded in 1990 as the 'International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives'. The organization was established when more than 200 local governments from 43 countries convened at their inaugural conference, the World Congress of Local Governments for a Sustainable Future, at the United Nations in New York.
ICLEI—Local Governments for Sustainability is an association of local governments. Their mission is to build and serve a worldwide movement of local and regional governments that are committed to achieving tangible improvements in environmental sustainability. The diversity of ICLEI’s work is best described in three simple phrases: connecting leaders, accelerating action and a gateway to solutions.
The Cities and Biodiversity Case Study Series serves as a collection of municipal best practices on urban biodiversity management and protection, and highlights local governments' contribution to sustainable use of biodiversity. Cities and Biodiversity features eleven case studies that are tool for other communities interested in knowing more about biodiversity management practices at the local level.