The Nature Of Cities is a global organization of 700 hundred plus writers from around the world who are ecologists, scientists, social scientists, activists, artists, designers who are all writing about the idea of the Nature of Cities, the character of cities.
The first edition of The Nature Of Cities Summit gathered hundreds of stakeholders, citizens, artists, scientists, decision-makers, representatives of metropolises and activists from the civil society or the academic and research field.
This meeting was held with a transdisciplinary approach of nature in cities in order to facilitate the development of sustainable cities that are beneficial for People and Nature.
“We need to engage with partner countries, all the countries outside the European Union (EU) and as well with stakeholders inside these partner countries. And among the stakeholders, we have cities, business, citizens, civil society. Cities are important stakeholders because they are growing everywhere. We should not see these cities as a part of a problem but as a part of the solution to tackle biodiversity challenges” Daniel Van Assche developed, as the officer representing the EU Foreign Policy Instrument.
A participative workshop was organized by the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework – EU Support project team and aimed at collecting recommendations from the participants on an action agenda for biodiversity but also on a roadmap for cities, metropolitan areas and subnational governments for the post-2020 global framework on biodiversity. The global objective is to instil a global dynamism that will support the signature of an ambitious agreement at the COP 15.
This workshop was the opportunity to create a space for discussion necessary to strengthen links and cooperation between local stakeholders committed to protect and sustainably use biodiversity at the local level.
The workshop emphasized best practices through a transversal approach, especially in terms of investment in urban biodiversity and ecosystem services provided by healthy ecosystems and green infrastructures in the urban area. International participants demonstrated the role of ecological interconnectivity in urban areas and illustrated the many benefits of nature for life quality, sustainable food production, mitigation of and adaptation to climate change, human health and resilience to natural risks and catastrophes, etc.
Many questions have then been formulated and dedicated to the participants: what solutions could they implement? What are their needs and necessary resources? To what extent could they adapt those solutions and transform them into official commitments? What are the milestones in the international agenda of local stakeholders that could support their mobilization until the COP 15 and beyond?
« Cities, metropolitan areas, subnational governments, and other local governments will make their commitments. They will share their commitments and their ambitions for nature and for biodiversity on the CitiesWithNature platform. We agreed that they will be a message coming for TNOC which we will take to other platforms. These are platforms such as the IUCN World Congress next year, and the Global Biodiversity Summit of cities and subnational governments that are held with the biodiversity COP. » Ingrid Coetzee, ICLEI
A roadmap that has been set at the summit was presented during the summit “Unlocking the power of metropolises to mainstream biodiversity and ecosystem services for nature and people” that was held in Medellin, Colombia, on July 17th 2019.