Mainstreaming biodiversity is the process of internalising the goals of biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of biological resources into the policies, practices and programmes of economic sectors, development models and therefore human behaviour.

The starting point for being able to do this is for all involved to UNDERSTAND terms, legislation, impacts or principles that apply to biodiversity conservation, sustainable utilisation and land-use planning.

This has proven to be important in avoiding misunderstandings, better aligning goals, recognising opportunities and identifying risks.

The work done by the Grasslands Programme in this regard has enabled a clear description of why mainstreaming biodiversity into the urban economy is important.