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This guide encourages universities and colleges in the tertiary education sector to take a fresh look at how biodiversity fits into their sustainability management agenda. The guide has been created to help institutions incorporate biodiversity into sustainability management and create new opportunities for wildlife on their campuses across the world. The guide focuses on finding ways of managing campuses in the best way for biodiversity.

There is practical advice throughout on habitat creation and management, guidance for successful long-term biodiversity initiatives, strategy and policy. Sections are illustrated with tertiary education case studies to inspire and encourage you.




The EAUC would like to thank all of the individuals and organisations that have helped make this guide possible. This revised guide is supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES).

The Global Universities Partnership on Environment for Sustainability (GUPES), is one of the flagship programmes of UNEP’s Environmental Education and Training. GUPES was launched in 2012, on the way leading up to Rio+20, to deliberate UNEP’s escalated engagement with universities for mainstreaming education for environment and sustainability around the world. It builds on the successes of the Mainstreaming Environment and Sustainability in African Universities (MESA), the nascent Mainstreaming Environment and Sustainability in the Caribbean Universities (MESCA) and the Asia-Pacific Regional University Consortium (RUC). At present, over 670 universities from five continents are part of the growing GUPES network. Click here for further details on GUPES.

We would like to thank all of the institutions named throughout the guide for contributing case studies. We would particularly like to thank Michelle Dixon from NetSustain for helping us write the guide.

The previous version of this guide was supported by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the Scottish Biodiversity Action Grant, administered by the Scottish Executive. We are grateful to both for supporting the project.

To find out more or contribute to the continuing work of the EAUC to promote best practice biodiversity management in further and higher education, visit our Biodiversity Community of Practice: www.eauc.org.uk/biodiversity