CLEVER Cities are transformative, sustainable and future-oriented
2020 will be a pivotal year for sustainability. The year is expected to see an international increase in action to achieve sustainable development. Within CLEVER Cities, good progress is being made. Actions taken by Hamburg, London and Milan to bring nature into the heart of urban development are in full swing.
The three cities have now established their CLEVER Cities Action Labs, which serve as hubs for local communities to co-create green urban areas that support ecosystems, improve quality of life and foster sustainable local businesses.
Belgrade, Sfântu Gheorghe, Quito, Madrid, Larissa and Malmö are following suit, having started to map ideas and potential solutions to make space for nature while also addressing key urban challenges.
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Belgrade sets plans in motion for co-creating nature-based solutions
Last November, the administration of the Serbian capital held a workshop with representatives from over 35 local and national institutions in order to map proposals to transform the area around a historic railway track in the neighbourhood of Dorcól into a linear park. Initial ideas include equipping the area with urban beekeeping facilities, sounds of nature in electric vehicles, alarm badges for air pollution, and integrating nature-based solutions within medieval and industrial built heritage sites.
Sfântu Gheorghe launches its urban innovation partnership The city of Sfântu Gheorghe, in central Romania, kick-started its activities within the CLEVER Cities platform with a discussion on how to protect an area near the Debren stream from regular flooding and mud that forms during rain through nature-based interventions. Some of the suggestions to address the challenges include setting up a water retention reservoir and organizing tree-planting activities.
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On the ground
Making space for nature in Thamesmead Residents of Maran Way (part of a CLEVER Cities Action Lab) in Thamesmead, London, celebrated ‘Car-free Sunday’ by taking over parking spaces and using them for a community gathering. The event attracted people of all ages and involved creative, fun and inspiring activities.
On the ground
CLEVER Cities Hamburg team takes part in district festival ‘Neugraben Erleben’ The Neugraben Center in Hamburg hosted the district festival ‘Neugraben Erleben’ (Experience Neugraben) with approx. 5000 visitors. The festival is held every year and brings out the district’s wide range of clubs, institutions and associations.
Milan’s architects visit the city’s green roofs and walls
CLEVER Cities partners Ambiente Italia and ROOFmatters organised, in collaboration with the Order of Architects of Milan, a public a tour of Milan’s green roofs and walls, aimed at professionals such as architects, engineers and landscape designers. The first stop was a visit to the design studio Piuarch and a tour of the 300m2 roof garden ‘Orto fra I cortili’ (vegetable garden between courtyards), which the studio built on top of its own building.
29 JANUARY, 14:00 CET
Nature-based Enterpreneurship (Connecting Nature)
Research and SME representatives from Europe and Brazil will share insights on the topic of Nature-based Entrepreneurship (NBEs). Register here
CITIES FORUM 2020
This two-day major European Commission event brings together key stakeholders from European, national and local levels. The Forum is a place for all stakeholders to capitalise on common achievements and reflect on the future directions of urban development. FIND OUT MORE
WORLD BIODIVERSITY FORUM
The Forum is a platform for exchange, which aims to redefine and set the agenda for biodiversity as a focal point over the next 10 years in current themes and topics across sectors. CLEVER Cities will be represented by project coordinator Martin Krekeler.EVENT WEBSITE
SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT CBD
POST-2020 FRAMEWORK WORKSHOP
This workshop is designed to bring together a globally balanced representation of sub-national, regional and local governments from across the world to provide constructive outcomes for the Co-Chairs of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.FIND OUT MORE
UNIC VIENNA 2020
Green Infrastructure Future Summit
In this congress, based on select projects, participants will co-elaborate concrete solutions, scalable for Europe and the world, to address the challenges posed by climate change.more information
Coordinator: City of Hamburg
ICLEI Europe CLEVER Cities team
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