UrbanByNature China

CLEVER Cities and Connecting Nature have joined forces to bring the UrbanByNature (UbN) programme to China. Thereby, UbN China is leveraging CLEVER Cities’ expertise on NBS for urban regeneration and Connecting Nature’s wealth of knowledge on NBS for climate & water resilience.


Tailored to the needs and interests of Chinese local governments and urban stakeholders, UbN China is providing capacity-building and good practice exchange on a variety of topics including stakeholder engagement, technical implementation and monitoring of nature-based solutions.


Launched in November 2020 in Chengdu, China, the UrbanByNature programme is hosting a six-part webinar series for China between June 2021 and February 2022.

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"The ancient Chinese theory that man is an integral part of nature holds more truth than ever amid a time when COVID-19 continues to surge across the world. As the share of the population residing in cities is increasing in all regions, there is an increasing need for urban decision-makers and citizens to adopt policies and practices to integrate nature into daily life; after all, nature may very well offer the key to address a myriad of challenges urbanization presents. The ICLEI East Asia Secretariat is excited to facilitate the knowledge and expertise exchange between China and Europe, through UrbanByNature, in mainstreaming nature-based solutions into urban development." 


Shu Zhu, Regional Director at ICLEI East Asia

Upcoming events

Webinar #2: Enabling conditions and barriers to implementing Nature-based Solutions

Date: Wednesday, 18 August 2021

Time: 9.00 - 10.30 AM CEST (03.00 - 4.30 PM BJT/CST)

Platform: Zoom

Language: English and Chinese


The second UrbanByNature (UbN) China webinar will focus on STEP2/EXPLORE of the UbN programme. Speakers from Connecting Nature, CLEVER Cities and China will share their experiences in identifying the enabling conditions and overcoming the barriers to urban NBS implementation. They are:


  • Stuart Connop, Senior Research Fellow, Sustainability Research Institute, University of East London, UK
  • Nian She, Tsinghua University Innovation Center, Zhuhai, China (tbc)
  • Carolina Cantergiani, Senior Researcher, Tecnalia, Spain (tbc)
  • Taoran Guo, Forest City Studio, Shanghai, China
  • The webinar will be moderated by Merlin Lao, Senior Program Manager at ICLEI East Asia.


Click here to register for the webinar! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about how to join the webinar.


If you have not yet registered for the UrbanbyNature programme, please do so here to keep up to date with information regarding the webinar series and other UbN programme updates.

Past events

Webinar#1: Introducing NBS and the UrbanByNature programme in China

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In this inaugural UrbanByNature China webinar, participants were introduced to the concept of NBS and how they are being implemented across cities in Europe. Participants were able to learn about the potential of NBS to contribute to urban regeneration efforts and climate resilience goals. In addition, good practice examples from Shanghai showcased the relevance of NBS for cities in China. See the playlist on YouTube.



UrbanByNature China launch in Chengdu, China

The launch of the UrbanByNature programme stream for China took place on 17 November 2020 during the 4th High-Level International Forum on Sustainable Urban Development in the City of Chengdu, China. Over 70 participants took part in the session which allowed for in-person attendance at the national level as well as virtual attendance for international participants.


Read more here.