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Youth, Women, Business & Innovation in Urban Food Systems

ICLEI will present how Africa’s agri-food sector has significant potential to meet the region’s growing demand for nutritious food. Register for the webinars below to learn more about the following themes:

29 July 2020 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm CAT

31 July 2020 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm CAT


IUCN Global Standard for Nature based Solutions

After a successful global consultation, the first version of the Global Standard for nature-based solutions is now finalized and will be launched on the 23 July, 2020 in a high-level virtual event. Please register your interest if you wish to attend.


Protecting 30% of the planet’s nature

A report released by the National Geographic Society and Campaign for Nature, finds that the global economy would benefit from the establishment of protecting at least 30% of the world’s land and oceans and finds the benefits outweigh costs by at least 5-to-1. Read how cities factor into this ratio.


CitiesWithNature Commitment platform
It is with great excitement that the Commitment Platform will soon be launching on CitiesWithNature, where cities and regions will share their commitments and set targets to demonstrate their contributions to achieving the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. These commitments will be showcased on the CitiesWithNature profiles. Watch this space!


Nature in all Goals 2020

In its 2020 Nature in all Goals Report, WWF shows how the SDGs provide a framework to respond to interconnections between nature, health, social equity, and the economy, and highlights cities as one of the elements needed to build a new relationship with nature.



Featuring our cities

We are proud to showcase the amazing work that our CitiesWithNature are doing

Gardens for Wildlife Melbourne

Gardens for Wildlife Melbourne aims to inspire Melburnians to create space for nature in the city and shows that everybody can contribute to urban biodiversity. The program sees trained volunteers visit private land to provide insights on improving spaces for wildlife, recognizing that private landholders manage 25% of land within the municipality.

Johannesburg City Parks Greening

The main aim of Johannesburg’s Greening and Environmental Conservation Development project is to protect, manage and restore the integrity of Johannesburg’s ecological systems with special concern for biological diversity, cultural landscapes and the natural processes within open spaces.
10 Minute Walk cities
With a goal of providing 100% of U.S. residents with 10-minute walk access to a park or green space by 2050, the 10 Minute Walk initiative is a city-focused effort that works with 300 U.S. cities, including eight of CitiesWithNature’s U.S. Pioneers. The initiative is co-led by our newest CitiesWithNature partner, The Trust for Public Land. Be sure to check out one of their resources, ParkServe, a free GIS mapping platform that covers more than 14,000 U.S. cities and towns and helps city leaders make data-driven decisions around green space planning and investment.



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 Draft Edinburgh Declaration on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework is now out for consultation. Please refer to the Post-2020 email update below for more information.
Post-2020 webinars
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.


In case you missed it

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

Cities adding accessible green spaces post-COVID

Using Utrecht, Netherlands as a case study, this article highlights how COVID exposes the inadequacy and inequality of green spaces within cities and urges cities to adopt an ecosystem planning approach that incorporates nature-based design and climate adaptation.


Mangrove Market Meri

The Nature Conservancy is supporting the women of Mangoro Market Meri in Papua New Guinea’s coastal communities by helping them develop and trial their business and conservation ideas, and link them to larger-scale economic benefits for conservation.


IUCN’s ecosystem management webinars

The IUCN’s Commission on Ecosystem Management hosts a monthly webinar series which provides a forum for members to learn about ecological restoration. Topics range from rewilding and ecosystem governance, to forest and landscape restoration.


Connecting cities with tools to understand & manage forests

Cities4Forests has compiled a toolbox of the best tools to help cities include forests in their planning and management processes. These tools are highly recommended, internationally available, low-cost, and accessible to non-experts and experts alike and range from valuing trees, maximizing nature’s benefits and the planning and management of forest-related projects.


COVID-19 affecting urban ecology research?
In the latest global Roundtable brought to you by The Nature of Cities (TNOC), a wide variety of writers explore how COVID-19 has affected the caring for and research of urban ecology.


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