A greener city is a healthier place to live
The COVID-19 crisis brought disruption into the life of every citizen in Europe and beyond, giving rise to many critical questions. For instance: how would the future look like if we would all concentrate efforts towards making our societies more sustainable, resilient and fair? And how different would life under lockdown be if every household had at least a small park or garden within walking distance?
These difficult times remind us of the potential of Nature-based Solutions to increase human well-being and improve public health, while addressing major societal challenges at the same time. Within CLEVER Cities, our project partners continue to work to make sure NBS are a reality!
Continue reading to find out what's new in our network.
On the ground
Thamesmead – the future 'Garden of London'
CLEVER Cities is all about harnessing the potential of local communities to bring nature back into urban spaces and our everyday lives. But how are the front-runner cities making this happen on the ground?
In London, CLEVER Cities partners, the Greater London Authority, Peabody and Groundwork London, have hired Gardener in Residence, Kat Wojnar, to help create and maintain high-quality green spaces for the locals of Thamesmead to enjoy. Kat told us about her new role, and as it turns out, she does a lot more than just gardening.
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Policy Brief: Gaps & opportunities to sustainable urban Read the first CLEVER Cities policy brief, prepared by the Ecologic Institute.
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Innovative alternatives to fund NBS
Who is willing to pay for Nature-based Solutions? And how to fund projects that lack a clear financial return-on-investment?
Here are some tips of what your city can do to attract alternative sources of investment with relatively little effort, including examples tested by London and Milan.READ MORE
Unlocking the potential of NBS with How exactly can cities use smart city technologies to enhance the potential of Nature-based Solutions? Panellist from CLEVER Cities shared their knowledge on the topic at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona.
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Building dense-but-green cities Conflicting perspectives around the topic of dense-but-green cities were debated at the first World Biodiversity Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where CLEVER Cities coordinator Martin Krekeler presented strategies to accommodate nature into densely populated districts.
22 MAY, 14:00 (CEST)
EDINBURGH PROCESS THEMATIC WEBINAR Our Solutions are in Nature
Part of the Edinburgh Process for Subnational and Local Governments on the development of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, this webinar will discuss the role of NBS in providing habitats for biodiversity, helping tackle socio-environmental challenges and the importance of biodiversity for proper NBS functioning and resilience. FIND OUT MORE
27 MAY, 9:00 to 15:00 (CEST)
EUROPEAN URBAN RESILIENCE FORUM
The forum will cover different topics and the interrelation between urban resilience and health, while keeping its informative, open and interactive format. Register here
5 JUNE, 14:00 to 15:30 (CEST)
This webinar is part of the Caucasus stream of UrbanByNature, an innovative facilitated capacity-building and expertise-sharing programme to lift the barriers to urban nature and set our cities and towns on a sustainable course. REGISTER
NBS DIGITAL DIALOGUES
University of Oxford virtual event
During the course of six 90-minute sessions over three days, the event will discuss guidelines for successful NBS, debate the main challenges around NBS implementation, financing and governance, and how to overcome them.FIND OUT MORE
GREENING CITIES, SHAPING CITIES
This research symposium organized by CLEVER Cities partner Politecnico di Milano aims to bridge the gap between NBS science and practice. The call for papers is open until the end of June.READ MORE
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ICLEI Europe CLEVER Cities team
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