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Mayor Valérie Plante calls on local and subnational government leaders to take action on nature

The City of Montreal is taking leadership in demonstrating how to turn commitments into action by developing 6 sheets to show their key actions and how these link to the action targets of the zero draft of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.


Op-ed by Mayor Valérie Plante

Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montréal & ICLEI’s Global Ambassador for Local Biodiversity, wrote an op-ed supported by Ashok Sridharan, Mayor of Bonn & President of ICLEI, and others.


Featuring our cities

We are proud to showcase the amazing work that our CitiesWithNature are doing
Barcelona enhancing urban nature
Following International Day for Biological Diversity, Barcelona’s efforts to enhance urban nature and natural heritage within the City has been highlighted in an article which celebrates biodiverse cities of the future. 
Orlando’s apiary
The City of Orlando, Florida, has created an apiary in partnership with the non-profit, Black Bee Honey. It provides honey, allows for beekeeping education, and it supports critical pollinator species like the honey bee.
San Antonio conserves land over aquifer recharge zone
Since 2000, San Antonians have voted to conserve land over the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone to ensure water quality and quantity for urban residents. The Seco Sinkhole is one of the largest recharge features in the Edwards Aquifer and is protected by a conservation easement held by the San Antonio Edwards Aquifer Protection Program.

ICLEI resilience webinar for cities

African experts and mayors from within the ICLEI network showcased how nature-based solutions and effective planning are key to designing future pandemic-resilient solutions.

The #AfricanCITYFOODMonth campaign will take place from 1 - 31 July 2020 and will be centered around ‘Repositioning Resilient and Nutritious Food Systems in African Cities’.


Post-2020 Process

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

Edinburgh Process for Subnational Governments, Cities and Local Authorities on the development of the Post-2020 global biodiversity framework
The extended consultation period is now closed. All inputs to the process will be taken into account in the drafting of the Edinburgh Process report to the CBD and will be presented in the Online Information Session on 2 July.
Post-2020 webinars
Please save the date and join us on 23 July 2020 for the next Post-2020 webinar! You can register for the webinar by clicking on your preferred time below. Also, don’t forget that you can watch all previous webinars on our YouTube channel. Register for the webinar at 10AM CAT or at 3PM CAT.

Expertise France webinar summaries

For those who would love to watch all webinars but are time-strapped, Expertise France recaps each ICLEI Post-2020 webinar on their page. 


In case you missed it

Keeping you up to date with interesting publications and news from our partners and network

Parks, health, and CitiesWithNature


In partnership with World Urban Parks, CitiesWithNature developed an informative reflection on how the COVID-19 pandemic affects our parks and our health.


The State of the World’s Forests report

The 2020 report, compiled by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the United Nations Environment Programme, assesses progress to date in meeting global targets and goals related to forest biodiversity.


What nature is telling us...

Chantal van Ham wrote an article for The Nature of Cities which brings together some examples of wonderful initiatives around the world that help us to hear, see and enjoy the magic of nature.


INTERACT-Bio outreach lessons

As part of INTERACT - Bio project, an Outreach Programme was implemented in Tanzania over 2 years, raising awareness amongst citizens about the benefits of nature and the importance of protecting it. The article outlines a few of the key lessons that were learnt from the project implementation.


Lessons from Amazonian cities

In a blog produced by ICLEI, City Talk canvasses how Amazonian cities serve as a reminder as to why preserving biodiversity is essential.

The current global pandemic is calling us to increasingly connect online. CitiesWithNature, a first-of-its-kind initiative, is supporting an online community of practice and enabling learning and action around integrating nature in cities and reconnecting people with nature. We all need nature now, more than ever before.
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