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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 ...

19 May 2020

Prosumers for energy inclusiveness: leaving no-one behind

What will a desirable energy future look like for so-called "prosumers" – in other words, those who both produce and consume energy from renewable sources? The production of renewable energy is on the rise in Europe. A large role is reserved for ‘energy citizens’ who produce energ...

18 May 2020

Rome responds to COVID-19 with 150 kilometres of new cycle routes

ICLEI Members are taking on various initiatives to support their residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. ICLEI Member Rome (Italy) is no exception: the Rome City Council recently approved the construction of 150 kilometers of temporary and permanent cycle routes on the city’s main streets and ...

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...

14 May 2020

Make your city smart with help from the EIP-SCC

Is your city looking to make investments in the areas of energy, transport & mobility, or ICT? Do you have plans to develop projects in these areas? The European Commission's ‘EIP-SCC Marketplace’ initiative is supporting projects in need of financing, by matching them with its...

13 May 2020

New energy transition priorities for Zagreb after earthquake

ICLEI Member Zagreb (Croatia) has been faced with two major challenges. First, the city is combatting the coronavirus pandemic that has swept the world. Second, on 22 March, an earthquake hit and caused extensive damage to its city centre. The earthquake destroyed chimneys, which then damaged parts...

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...

11 May 2020

European Mayors call for COVID-19 recovery that supports transformation to a climate neutral society

Last week, the Board of the Covenant of Mayors – Europe (CoM) released an Open Letter calling for post-COVID national and EU-level economic relief investments to be “channelled towards the transformation to a climate neutral society.” They went on to warn that, “otherwis...