9 cities that lead on nature-based development

The health of natural ecosystems is crucial to the health of cities and urban populations. From essential services like water purification, flood control and climate regulation to a range of physical and mental health benefits, societies thrive by building a strong connection to nature. Biodiversity loss and ecosystem changes are a reality in our urban 

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Wiring trees? Smart urban parks are missing the point

This blog post represents the opinions of Olga Horn, Roman Serdar Mendle and Monika Zimmermann, Smart Cities Team, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability _ Urban parks come in many shapes and sizes ranging from small pocket parks to large expanses, but they all serve the key purpose of providing natural settings and ecological functions 

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Plotting a new course: Towards external financing for nature-based solutions in cities

By Ingrid Coetzee, Senior Manager, Biodiversity and Nature-based Solutions, ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center (CBC) and Kobie Brand, Director of the CBC   The challenge of rapid urbanization The United Nations World Cities Report 2016, Urbanization and Development: Emerging Futures, predicts that by 2030 two-thirds of the world’s population will be living in cities. It further 

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7 Days to the ICLEI World Congress: Linking Biodiversity and Water

Post by Irina Velasco, ICLEI Africa In seven days, the third Urban Nature Congress will take place at the ICLEI World Congress 2015, and we are busy preparing for this exciting gathering! Providing a platform to share information, promote case studies, encourage interactive discussion, and offer inspiration for cities, “Urban Nature 2015: Local Action for 

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