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World Cities Day is taking place on 31 October 2020, and this year’s theme is centered around ‘Valuing our Communities and Cities’. The impact of COVID-19 has greatly affected and reshaped urban lives and cities, highlighting the critical role that local communities play in contributing to keeping people safe, maintaining connections, and promoting well-being and economic activity. Urbanization provides the potential for new forms of social inclusion, including greater equality, access, and opportunities for engagement.

On World Cities Day, it is imperative to not only recognize the important function that our cities provide, but to also promote their potential for healthy urban communities of the future.




As World Cities Day is celebrated around the globe on 31 October, ICLEI, through its Cities Biodiversity Center, and the CitiesWithNature initiative pledge support for the Global Coalition for Biodiversity, launched by the European Commission to raise awareness about the need to protect biodiversity and promote stronger collaborative action.



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






World Cities Day webinar

Ecosystem services (supporting, provisioning, regulating and cultural) are central to human existence, yet they are increasingly threatened by human actions in the water, on the ground and in the air. Climate change now increases the pressures on these cornerstones of life, especially in densely populated human settlements where the natural environment is non-existent or highly degraded: cities. So how can we protect, restore and fund nature in cities while responding to the negative impacts of climate change?




Resource mobilisation, access to finance and increased investment in nature-based solutions are key issues in the negotiations towards the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. The conversation on finance for nature within an African context will form part of ICLEI Africa’s LoCS4Africa 2020 virtual congress from 3-12 November 2020.

NATURVATION’s Urban Nature Navigator



The Urban Nature Navigator is a tool to assess the potential contributions of nature-based solutions (NbS) to meet various urban sustainability challenges. It generates information on how different types of NbS benefit ecological, socio-cultural and economic factors. Users can explore how specific NbS can contribute to address urban sustainability challenges.



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 Edinburgh Declaration for subnational governments, cities and local authorities on the Post-2020 global biodiversity framework, is now available to access and is open for signature by subnational and local governments and networks, supportive organisations and supportive national governments up to COP 15.

Post-2020 webinars

Save the date and join us on 5 November 2020 for the next monthly Post 2020 webinar in the local and subnational advocacy for nature series! You can register for the webinar by clicking on your preferred time below. You can watch all previous webinars on our YouTube channel.



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Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services

The ‘Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services: An EU ecosystem assessment’ has recently been published by the EU Commission, and presents an ecosystem assessment covering the total land area of the EU as well as the EU marine regions.

Dispelling the top 7 tree-planting misconceptions

Growing interest in tree-planting has highlighted the importance of effective planting that benefits both the environment and communities. Scientists have curated the top 7 misconceptions regarding tree-planting to aid future planting efforts.



The NATURVATION project launched a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on NbS in an urban world in January 2020, which contains a collection of inspiring and educational films about the opportunities, challenges and future of NbS.



The loss of nature carries a huge economic cost, illustrated further by the coronavirus pandemic. The question is, what can we do? The following article link discusses two answers to this important question..

German manual on wildlife management in the urban context

The University of Freiburg and its department for wildlife published a manual for municipalities in the State of Baden-Württemberg titled “Wildlife management in urban areas”. The manual provides advice to municipal authorities as to how far they can manage wildlife in cities, organize a friendly coexistence between animals and humans and how far physical circumstances can influence animal behavior.

Global Commons Alliance’s Earth Commission analysiss

The analysis from the Global Commons Alliance’s Earth Commission aims to uncover ways to formulate a ‘safety net’ made up of various, interconnected and ambitious goals as it is necessary to tackle nature’s afflicting decline. The scientific basis of restructuring the new set of biodiversity goals is outlined in this analysis.

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