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17 July 2020

A pathway from 'Steel Metropolis' to 'Green Oasis'

The City of Zenica (Bosnia and Herzegovina), has not let the coronavirus hamper its plans for greening the city. The city, which is surrounded by mountains with the Bosnia river coursing through it, is planning to green its interior and improve air quality by implementing nature-based solutions (NBS...

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...

10 June 2020

UrbanByNature programme extends to new global regions

The capacity-builing UrbanByNature programme has been successfully bringing together European and Brazilian urban nature practitioners over the past year. This July, the programme will begin its new phase, which extends its reach to the Caucasus region. A series of upcoming webinars will discuss th...

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...

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...

13 May 2020

Harnessing cities' potential to protect pollinators

Our ecosystem would collapse without pollinators: 75 percent of the world’s main food crops and 85 percent of wild plants rely on pollinating insects. The right tools and knowledge can support local authorities and practitioners to transform cities into ecosystems where pollinators thrive. A n...

8 May 2020

ICLEI supports subnational government consultation on the development of post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

Subnational and local governments are invited to join a webinar and consultation on the interdependence of Nature-based Solutions and Biodiversity action. Local and subnational governments are making their voices count in a comprehensive and participatory process supported by ICLEI to include their...

27 April 2020

Registration open for the 2020 Urban Resilience Forum

Registration is now open for the online 2020 edition of the European Urban Resilience Forum (EURESFO), taking place on 27 May. The event will address the ongoing COVID-19 crisis first-hand, and will explore, among other topics, the interrelation between resilience and public health. This flags...

7 April 2020

How a "Gardener in Residence" can help regenerate cities with nature

ICLEI Europe is committed to working on supporting cities to harness the vast potential of urban nature. One projects focusing on "regenerating cities with nature" is CLEVER Cities. CLEVER Cities is all about harnessing the potential of local communities to bring nature back into urban spaces and o...