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New study: Co-creation of nature-based solutions becomes more widespread and institutionalized in Europe



A new open access publication by CLEVER Cities partner Politecnico di Milano analyses the project’s 2,5 years of experience with citizen engagement methodologies to implement urban-greening measures by providing evidence from EU pilot projects such as CLEVER Cities. The project is being implemented by 34 partner organizations, including ICLEI, cities, NGOs, research institutions and businesses.

WU Parks Climate Change and Resilience Committee Seeks New Members!

World Urban Parks has established a Climate Change and Resilience committee to advocate for parks and open space as key to inclusive, resilient and regenerative urban development. It seeks new members who are dedicated to addressing climate change and celebrating urban parks as a powerful solution to this global challenge.

New Tool for Measuring Forest Emissions and Sequestration

The Land Emissions and Removals Navigator (LEARN) tool provides information on land cover, including forest cover and change, and preliminary analysis on emissions and removals that communities may use to inform and integrate nature-based solutions in their climate action planning.

Nature-based solutions and their socio-economic benefits for Europe’s recovery

This briefing provides an overview of the wide range of socio-economic benefits that nature-based solutions can achieve alongside addressing the intertwined climate change and biodiversity loss crises. It includes references to how this applies to cities.

Singapore - a City in Nature

As part of its efforts to achieve Singapore’s vision of becoming a “City in Nature”, Singapore National Parks will develop the Coast-to-Coast (C2C) Southern Trail, the longest cross-island trail, and 3 new recreational routes that will open to the public in the next few years. Announcing the initiative, National Development Minister Desmond Lee said: “Greening our city has always been a part of Singapore’s DNA, which we must continue to steward for generations to come.”

Compendium of Inspiring Practices on Urban-Rural Linkages

This second Compendium provides new inspiring examples of integrative efforts that apply the principles and actions of UN-Habitat’s “Urban-Rural Linkages: Guiding Principles and Framework for Action” (URL-GP).

The City Where Cars Are Not Welcome

A great initiative from the mayor of Heidelberg, Germany. We need to see more local governments taking action to reduce carbon emissions and make our cities more resilient and sustainable.

Green City Accord

The Green City Accord hosted its first Signatories Meeting on 17 March. This community of mayors commuted to a cleaner, friendlier and healthier environment for their cities continues to grow and invites other EU leaders to follow suit.



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Kochi: A complete biodiversity register to be prepared

The Kochi Corporation budget has given prominence for environmental protection. There will be measures to identify green public places in the city and evict encroachments, if any. A master plan for the management of public places in the city will be prepared.



Keeping you up to date on key moments for biodiversity in the Post-2020 process



Post-2020 webinars

ICLEI continues to host its monthly Post-2020 webinar series to keep our constituency of cities and regions up to date on the unfolding participatory process on the roadmap to CBD COP 15. To join our upcoming webinar titled "What is business doing for biodiversity​, and how can this benefit​ ​local action for nature?" on 1 April 2021, see the registration link below.



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The Connecting Nature Innovation Summit explored how we shift to greener cities that use nature-based solutions for their citizens. It shared stories from the community of cities involved in the Connecting Nature project and demonstrated innovative methods being developed collaboratively by project partners to realise the co-benefits of nature in cities.

Biodiversity’s importance is growing in China’s urban agenda

Ecologists are keen to build on metropolitan China’s increased awareness of the threats posed by environmental neglect.

Urban street tree biodiversity and antidepressant prescriptions

This paper analysed the association of street tree density and species richness with antidepressant prescribing for 9751 inhabitants of Leipzig, Germany. We examined spatial scale effects of street trees at different distances around participant’s homes.

Why urban gardens are a lifeline for the world's pollinators

This research was conducted by universities of Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Northumbria, Reading and the Royal Horticultural Society, investigating the nectar production in different urban areas to see how they compared with one another and with rural habitats.

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