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July 2019

How can we co-create nature-based solutions?

UrbanByNature Webinar#2
11 July 2019, 15:00 - 16:00


In this webinar, cities and researchers will share experiences and knowledge on how to best co-create nature-based solutions. Collaborating amongst different stakeholders to plan, design, implement and/or maintain nature-based interventions together can be challenging to begin with, but is ultimately rewarding. Speakers will unpack key ingredients to successful co-creation of nature-based solutions and share how this can work in practice.

Speakers for this webinar are:

  • Katharina Hölscher (Research Fellow) and Marleen Lodder (Research Fellow), Dutch Research Institute For Transitions (DRIFT), Rotterdam (Netherlands)

  • Mien Quartier (Expert in Social Innovation) and Gerarda Lamerichs, City of Genk (Belgium)

  • Ana Clara Pellegrino and Raquel Cruz, Secretary of Environment, Water Resources and Sustainability of Niteroi, Department of Urban Ecology and Climate Change, City of Niterói (Brazil)

The webinar will be moderated by Alice Reil and Daniela Rizzi (ICLEI Europe) as well as Sophia Picarelli (ICLEI South America).

In this webinar you will learn about:

  • why co-creation matters

  • the concept of co-creation

  • design principles for co-creation

  • conditions for putting co-creation into practice

  • “dos” and “don'ts”

  • the experiences of Niteroi (Brazil) in using co-creation in the field of urban sustainability, and

  • the experiences of Genk (Belgium) in co-planning nature-based solutions.

Please join the webinar by clicking here.

Please note that the webinar will take place from 15:00-16:00 CEST, or 10:00-11:00 AM (BRT).

Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to join. Please note: we strongly recommend you to join the webinar via computer since GoToWebinar does not support sound for the videos shown during the webinar for those joining via phone.

If you were not able to join our past webinars, you can take watch the videos on the Connecting Nature YouTube channel.

Please keep in mind that our fourth webinar will be held in September 2019. More information will follow soon.

To learn more about the UrbanByNature programme and receive all updates, register here.

June 2019

Resilient Cities 2019: The 10th Global Forum on Urban Resilience & Adaptation

26 - 28 June 2019
Bonn, Germany

The Resilient Cities congress series

Resilient Cities - The Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation - is the global platform for urban resilience and climate change adaptation, hosted every year in Bonn.

In 2010 ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the World Mayors Council on Climate Change and the City of Bonn, Germany launched Resilient Cities, the first World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change (in 2012 renamed as Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation). More than 500 participants and beyond 30 partners each year helped make Resilient Cities a milestone event connecting local government leaders and climate adaptation experts to discuss adaptation challenges facing urban environments around the globe.

The congress offers a number of sessions and events on a wide variety of topics amongst which were urban risk, resilient urban logistics, financing the resilient city, urban agriculture and food, smart infrastructure and many more.

Resilient Cities also supports the annual Bonn Declaration of Mayors – written by local leaders during the Mayors Adaptation Forum, organized with the World Mayors Council on Climate Change.

The registration for the 2019 congress is now open!

Learn more on the event page.

European Urban Resilience Forum

25 June 2019
Bonn, Germany
Gustav-Stresemann-Institut e.V. Langer Grabenweg 68, 53175 Bonn

The annual European Urban Resilience Forum 2019 (formerly known as Open European Day) will take place on 25th June 2019 in Bonn, Germany, back-to-back with the 10th annual ICLEI Resilient Cities Conference.

Since 2013, this event has offered a unique exchange platform where city representatives and stakeholders from various local and regional institutions come together to discuss strategies and actions for adapting to climate change and building urban resilience. Aiming to support productive exchange between representatives from cities and regions of all sizes (both with each other and with a range of interested parties, including EU institutions, researchers and consultants), the event has been praised for its informative, open and interactive character and ‘Powerpoint-free’ format. Participants are encouraged to share experiences and points of view on diverse topics, tackling existing challenges in local urban adaptation, while exploring potential solutions and opportunities for future collaboration.

The 2019 edition will build around three streams; nature-based solutions for urban resilience, multi-level governance for adaptation planning, and financing resilience and adaptation; while throughout a variety of sessions and training workshops will cover topics like exploring the co-benefits of adaptation and mitigation, social justice in adaptation actions, strategic narratives for urban heat and health or innovative schemes for municipal financing for resilience and nature based solutions. Additionally, the event will be complemented by a marketplace that will promote match-making and networking and will introduce attendees to relevant initiatives and projects.

In 2019, all those seeking to shape a climate-resilient future for our cities and regions are once again invited to take part – this time under the new banner of the European Urban Resilience Forum! Be sure to add it to your calendar or sign up to our newsletter to stay up to date!








This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 653569.