Climate Change Mitigation
Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience
Integrated Management

Financing Greener Cities

2019 - 2019

"Financing Greener Cities" is a capacity-building event, which will focus on "Strengthening the capacity of local authorities and practitioners for making informed decisions on financing nature-based solutions".

The Call for PARTICIPANTS is now open for applications. For complete info see the attached document.

The event takes the shape of an interactive workshop that will increase the participants’ capacity and community development need of financing arrangements for local biodiversity, ecosystem services (ESS) and nature-based solutions (NBS) interventions in response to local urban challenges. "Financing Options for Greener Cities" is developed in close cooperation with ICLEI, EKLIPSE Mechanism and the NATURVATION project.

The objective of the event is to improve the expertise of local stakeholders to better understand (1) the financing landscape, (2) financing options, (3) possible ‘investment’ cases and (4) financial arrangements (such as blended financing). The event will build their capacity by actively involving them in a preparatory webinar, an interactive workshop and a follow-up survey.

The webinar seeks to provide participants with an opportunity to get to know each other, to explore specific participants’ needs and prepare them for the workshop. On this occasion, the organisers will present the focus of the workshop, key preparatory materials and will start to tailor the most common and urgent challenges in financing biodiversity, ESS and NBS projects. These will shape the workshop programme.

The 2-day workshop will actively involve 20-40 participants from across Europe, representing local level policy-makers, decision-makers, economic scientists and civil society. During the workshop participants will (1) observe the most urgent challenges; (2) map the financing landscape and (3) reflect on the financing options, (4) make the case for investing in biodiversity, ESS and NBS; and (5) will stimulate outside the box thinking around financing arrangements.

A short survey after the workshop will collect the reflections of the participants and the lessons learned. This information will be summarised in a report, which will serve as a knowledge base for the future development and implementation of 'green' projects. 


  • The webinar will take place online on 23 of July 2019
  • The workshop will take place 8-9 October 2019 in Athens, Greece.



The Call for PARTICIPANTS is now open. For complete information about the Call, download the attached .pdf file. 

Please be aware that the call for the submission of applications will close on 1 July 2019, 23:59 (CET).




The event is funded by multiple sources including ICLEI European Secretariat, EKLIPSE Mechanism and NATURVATION project and Municipality of Athens.

EKLIPSE Mechanism has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 690474.

The NATURVATION project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 730243)