Nature-based Solutions for Sustainable Urban Development
This brief provides case studies from China and Germany outlining best practices for nature-based solutions (NBS).
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, senior representatives from cities in India, China and Indonesia will meet with international organizations and the private sector to exchange knowledge on regional urban challenges and solutions.
Reflections from International Youth Day
UrbanShift's Youth Day webinar highlighted inspiring youth and city led sustainability initiatives from China, India, Indonesia and Sierra Leone, with speakers reiterating the importance of meaningfully engaging young people in climate action.
UrbanShift Annual Report
UrbanShift's inaugural annual report serves as an inspiring portfolio of the program's first year in action as well as a handbook for our strategy to achieve sustainable, low-carbon growth in more than 23 cities across three continents.
GEF-funded "Green and Carbon-Neutral Cities" Project Launches in China
UrbanShift's project in China aims to support participating cities in achieving carbon neutrality and climate resilience by implementing nature-based solutions and urban biodiversity strategies and mainstreaming integrated planning at the city level.