Daring Cities Sessions

Nature-Based Solutions

Moving Forward: Local and Regional Governments on the Roadmap Toward Our Climate-Friendly, Resilient Future

This session will provide an overview of the upcoming global milestones on the roadmap toward our climate-friendly, resilient future, focusing on the opportunities for local and regional governments to directly engage in and benefit from these processes. High-level representatives of the three Rio conventions will address the criticality of this moment for all levels of government to take bold and decisive action to protect the climate, nature and land, and emphasize the role that cities, towns and regions in particular have in championing ambitious action in these fields. Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction will then announce the launch of the Making Cities Resilient 2030 Initiative and highlight how cities can benefit from this initiative in further building their own climate resilience capacities.

Nature-Based Solutions in South America: Engaging Multiple Stakeholders

Although the concept of Nature-Based Solutions is not disseminated in South America compared to other contexts, there are already some successful experiences of NBS implemented locally as a way of improving biodiversity and addressing critical issues that affect urban system functionality, mainly including basic social problems such as poor sanitation and building urban resilience to threats such as floods and landslides. This event aims to connect and provide a space for dialogue and exchange of experiences for the stakeholders involved with NBS implementation, monitoring and dissemination in South America in order to foster this agenda in the region. It is also an opportunity to discuss and showcase how Nature Based Solutions can contribute locally to the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

Towards Adopting a Renewed Decision on Local and Subnational Governments at the Biodiversity COP

This event will take the form of a high-level political session, convened by ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center, and endorsed by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), to discuss the critical role of local and subnational governments in the implementation of the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), which will be adopted at the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP 15) of the CBD in Kunming, China in 2021.
The event will challenge cities to be daring enough to not only making ambitious commitments to achieving the global climate agenda, but also to achieving the global biodiversity agenda.

Nature-Based Solutions For Cities – What Are They And How Can Their Uptake Be Increased?

Many cities are looking for solutions to protect themselves from the impacts of disasters and climate change. Despite growing scientific evidence on their potential, the adoption of these nature-based solutions is still not widespread. This is particularly the case in cities. The session will explore barriers but also promising ways forward, including best practices from frontrunner cities in different ecosystems, research findings and capacity building activities. The session will also explore how the perception and use of urban green areas changed in the context of COVID-19 and what opportunities this change might present for the acceleration of nature-based solution uptake.

Building Resilient Urban Futures with Nature

The 2020 COVID19 crisis has evidenced the need and showed the benefits of nature in cities and green spaces, since the contact with nature offers a way to deal with and counteract stressors of everyday life, while still allowing for social distancing. This session will showcase the benefits of resilience planning with nature for a healthier urban future by displaying successful city cases around the world, as well as ICLEI’s support to build resilient cities with nature.

Post-COVID-19 Recovery: How to Incorporate Innovation and Green Stimulus in South America’s Public Management Systems

The absence of face-to-face negotiations and the postponement of the main international events for climate change do not act as impediments in the reaffirmation of 2020 as the year of biodiversity and can boost the environmental agenda for this year. The pandemic has brought a new concern for public managers: in addition to the zeal that local governments should have for the health and well-being of their populations, it is up to managers to turn their eyes on the impacts of COVID-19 on the climate and environmental crisis. This event intends to offer in depth discussion on innovative responses to a green economic recovery in three areas: (i) nature-based solutions and local protected areas; (ii) innovation and multi-stakeholder approaches; (iii) green finance opportunities.

Financing Greener Cities of the Future: Resource Mobilization for Nature-Based Solutions

Limited financial resources are inhibiting the effectiveness of both existing and potential efforts to implement and up-scale the use of nature-based solutions at the local level. Local governments and their partners must find effective and innovative approaches to leverage and mobilize financial resources to enable implementation and practice of nature-based solutions. The session will provide insights on ways that local governments have and can mobilize financial resources for the protection of biodiversity, while still meeting the expanding needs of infrastructure, energy, water and food, among others, particularly in the urban context.