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6 May 2021

New handbook distils project experiences with NBS impact evaluation

A new handbook published by the European Commission to help decision-makers and practitioners develop impact evaluation frameworks for nature-based solutions was launched yesterday, with contributions from ICLEI Europe projects CLEVER Cities, Connecting Nature, proGIreg, alongside 14 other EU-funded...

19 April 2021

Nature-based solutions improve urban wellbeing

Increasingly, research indicates that proximity to nature is linked to better health and wellbeing in urban environments. Two opinion pieces by experts in the field of nature-based solutions highlight interesting findings on this front. Can nature-based solutions even impact mortality? Clair Cooper...

13 April 2021

ICLEI World Congress 2021–2022 launches

With cities often determining the trajectory of global development, urban transformation is the key to a more sustainable world. The ICLEI World Congress is the moment for local and regional governments to come together to celebrate and recognise the invaluable contributions of cities, towns and reg...

12 April 2021

Touring Turin's transformation

How can nature be used for urban regeneration with and for citizens? Explore one pioneering European city's work on this topic at an upcoming online event, taking place on 21–22 April. Since 2018, Turin (Italy) has been implementing nature-based solutions for urban regeneration. Join this vir...

18 March 2021

Learn on a virtual tour of regeneration efforts in Turin

This April, all are invited to learn how to harness nature-based solutions together with citizens in post-industrial districts. There is much to be learned from regeneration efforts in the district of Mifafiori Sud, a large district on the outskirts of Turin (Italy). A free, online event from 21&nd...

1 March 2021

Edinburgh Declaration for bold subnational action against biodiversity loss posted by the CBD Secretariat

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has officially acknowledged and posted the “Edinburgh Declaration on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework”, a statement of intent that paves the way for engagement with and a strengthened role for subnational governme...

24 February 2021

Taking a citizen-centred approach

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many cities to find new ways to approach citizen engagement. In-person activities and discussions are no longer feasible, but we know that meaningful citizen engagement is critical to so much of what cities do. The City of Dortmund (Germany) is among the European ci...

22 February 2021

New book inspires uptake of nature-based solutions

A new book has been released that seeks to inspire cities to co-create nature-based solutions. The book, called "Making Urban Nature Bloom" and which was coordinated by ICLEI Europe, shares stories, insights and cases from co-creative processes for nature-based solutions in six European cities, incl...

22 February 2021

Vertical gardens green city's walls

Despite COVID-19 restrictions, much progress can and has been made across Europe with respect to the implementation of nature-based solutions. In Turin (Italy), for example, green walls or 'vertical gardens' have been installed along several buildings. Green walls have a multitude of benefits: they ...