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28 November 2019

Nature-based solutions are key to European water security

A new report published by ICLEI, The Nature Conservancy, and EcoLogic Institute demonstrates how and why investing in nature-based solutions (NBS) is central to ensuring water security in Europe. Despite research, advocacy and policy initiatives, the quality of freshwater in Europe has not signific...

22 November 2019

Lousada wins 2019 Transformative Action Award

The City of Lousada (Portugal) was announced yesterday as the winner of the 2019 Transformative Action Award at an award ceremony, which took place at the European Committee of the Regions in Brussels (Belgium). The award, which is organised by ICLEI, the City of Aalborg and the Basque Country, wit...

31 October 2019

World Cities Day: the power of CitiesWithNature

Today is UN World Cities Day, a day to recognise the critical role cities play internationally, to promote cooperation between cities regarding urban opportunities and challenges, and to support sustainable urban development. The theme of this year’s World Cities Day is, “Changing the w...

21 October 2019

Cities in Europe and USA look to one another for financing and partnership solutions

Through its global network of regional secretariats, ICLEI brings together cities from various world regions who face similar challenges and opportunities, and provides them with the opportunity to work collaboratively to unlock new ideas and perspectives. This month, ICLEI Europe and ICLEI USA wor...

1 October 2019

Inclusive green spaces critical to the future of European cities

A new report exploring the future of cities released by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre states that public space makes up 2-15 percent of land in European city centres. Their ‘greenness’ has increased over the last 25 years – by a total of 38 percent - with an...

19 September 2019

Brussels to host interactive event on red list status of Europe’s overlooked species

IUCN and the Environment Department of the City of Brussels (Belgium) will host an interactive event, where the results of the LIFE European Red Lists project: ‘Establishing a European Red List of Bryophytes, Pteridophytes, Saproxylic Beetles, Terrestrial Molluscs and Vascular Plants' will be ...

9 September 2019

ICLEI Europe to participate in European Week of Regions and Cities 2019

Every year since 2003, the European Commission alongside the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) have hosted the European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC), a four-day event for cities and regions to showcase their work and the crucial role they play in European governance. The event hosts works...

30 August 2019

Cities find natural solutions to global challenges

People around the world are calling for governments to step up and take action on the global climate emergency. Creating conditions for social, ecological, and infrastructural resilience in the context of rapid urbanisation and a biodiversity extinction crisis is one of the key urban, and global, ch...

23 August 2019

ICLEI appoints Global Ambassador to address biodiversity extinction crisis

Mayor of ICLEI Member Montreal (Canada) Valérie Plante has been appointed ICLEI’s Global Ambassador for Local Biodiversity. In this role, Mayor Plante will highlight the role of cities in addressing biodiversity loss and will advocate for the protection of biodiversity by local governme...