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30 June 2020

How Lousada used environmental education to transform their city

Lousada is a densely populated municipality located in rural Portugal. However, despite its rural setting, there is in general a low appreciation for the importance of nature among residents. The city faces numerous environmental challenges, such as water pollution, forest fires, invasive plant spe...

24 June 2020

What is the new normal? Challenges and opportunities beyond COVID-19

A reflection from Wolfgang Teubner, Regional Director for Europe, ICLEI. Now, as we seem to have moved beyond the peak of the first large coronavirus/COVID-19 wave in Europe and the dramatic death toll is decreasing, people and economic stakeholders are beginning to push for a fast reduction o...

15 June 2020

The Green City Accord: a new EU initiative for greener, healthier cities

Cities are invited to learn more about the European Commission's upcoming Green City Accord, and to sign on to commit to building healthier cities for all. ICLEI Europe – alongside EUROCITIES and CEMR – are supporting the European Commission in developing and implementing the Accor...

5 June 2020

World Environment Day: how to communicate the climate crisis to mobilise change

Today, 5 June is World Environment Day – a United Nation's day to inspire action for the protection of nature. The world is facing major environmental, economic and social challenges that require a substantial transformation in all aspects of society. A critical step to inspire the transforma...

27 May 2020

ICLEI signs Memorandum of Understanding to support cities in building a more resilient future

ICLEI Europe and the Global Resilient Cities Network Europe and the Middle East (GRCN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during the closing plenary of the European Urban Resilience Forum on 27 May. The MoU was signed by Wolfgang Teubner, ICLEI’s Regional Director for Europe, and by L...

26 May 2020

New toolkits support coal regions in transition

The European Commission’s Platform for Coal Regions in Transition assists EU countries and coal regions tackling the challenges related to the transition to a low carbon economy by connecting stakeholders, delivering technical assistance, and providing supporting resources to aid regions to bu...

22 May 2020

Celebrating the biodiverse cities of the future this International Day for Biological Diversity

Today, 22 May 2020, we celebrate International Day for Biological Diversity. For the year 2020, the day’s theme is ‘Our solutions are in nature’. This theme includes recognising the role of nature and biodiversity to address environmental and social challenges, and emphasises the n...

20 May 2020

Mannheim2020 goes online

If this year has taught us anything, it is that the old saying rings true: “the only constant in life is change.” And so, we adapt: Mannheim2020 is going online! Join us for this 9th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns to be part of taking transformation forward. What ...

15 May 2020

ICLEI signs new partnership to enhance Nature-based Solutions in Brazil

European and Brazilian stakeholders working together on Nature-based Solutions (NBS) will enhance their collaboration thanks to a new partnership signed by ICLEI Europe, ICLEI South America and Brazil's Center for Strategic Studies and Management (CGEE). The aim of the partnership is to set a commo...