Report Launch: A Territorial Approach to the SDGs in Bonn, Germany

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The city of Bonn and the OECD will launch the report “A Territorial Approach to the Sustainable Development Goals in Bonn, Germany”. Bonn has embraced the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs as a framework to design, plan and implement the strategic goals of the city’s 2030 Sustainability Strategy to support its commitment towards areas like a low-carbon economy and international development cooperation. The Strategy seeks to address the main challenges faced by the city in terms of shifting to clean forms of transport and energy, expanding and maintaining green spaces and providing affordable housings. This commitment has accelerated with the 2019 City Council Statement declaring a Climate Emergency.

A Nexus Approach to Nature’s Multiple Benefits to Build Resilience in Urban Areas

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There appears to be a natural and synergistic intersection or ‘nexus’ between (1) urban nature, (2) climate mitigation and adaptation and (3) the health of urban communities. Why is it then that we don’t observe more frequent and large-scale investment in urban nature? Despite wide acknowledgement of the multiple and intersecting benefits of nature to urban societies, the operationalization of these co-benefits and the body of evidence to support the value of urban nature, is lagging behind. Given the challenges and limitations to adopting NbS and investing in urban nature, we are interested in the following question: Can a nexus approach, based on nature’s co-benefits, generate new insights to leverage greater interest and investor confidence in urban nature?

Healthy High Altitude Pasturelands for Sustainable Development in Downstream Cities

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Degradation of high altitude pasturelands and forests due to climate change and anthropogenic pressures impacts critical ecosystem service flow to cities downstream. Ecologically restoring these pasturelands will enhance sustainable development in downstream cities. The event will highlight the role of critical ecosystem services from high altitude rural areas for sustainable urban development, thereby showcasing the need to restore degraded pasturelands to maintain the flow of the ecosystem services.

Continuing the Learning: Leaving a Legacy of Partnerships at Local Level

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This session will bring together local government officials, academics and members of both initiatives in an interactive panel-style session. Panellists will reflect on the following questions:
• In your opinion, what are some of the biggest barriers and opportunities to “continuing the learning”?
• How do these learning model fit local level knowledge needs?
• Could the EPIC model represent a transformative paradigm for the way that universities operate and relate to the needs of local governments and communities where they reside?
• What is the reaction of local government officials and community leaders to both the EPIC and FRACTAL process?
• How important is building relationships/connections between different disciplines? Can you please expand by giving examples/cases?