Planting trees to improve urban air quality, converting disused brownfield sites into parks, greening roofs to reduce buildings’ energy use, and restoring degraded wetlands to prevent floods: nature-based solutions (NBS) are increasingly being implemented in urban areas to enhance resilience, support sustainable development, and safeguard biodiversity.
This briefing draws from examples in Germany and China to showcase the potential of NBS for urban areas, emphasizing their multiple social, environmental and economic benefits. These benefits include disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, urban renewal and the regeneration of neglected and degraded areas. This report was produced by ICLEI.
Asia Forum 2023
At UrbanShift's first forum, over 250 leaders from cities across India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Jordan and China came together to identify urban challenges, collaborate on solutions, and connect around shared goals.
Transformative Actions Program: UrbanShift Annual Report 2022
Looking back at the 2022 TAP call for projects, this report summarizes the project applications received this past year, as well as the activities conducted around the projects already in the pipeline since 2021.
First National Dialogue for China
This virtual convening created a space for participants to discuss strategies for supporting biodiversity and low-carbon development across China.
Shenzhen, China: Sponge City
Model: Public-Private Partnerships