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Nature-based solutions for sustainable urban development

As the impacts of climate change are magnified in cities, where two-third of the world’s population are expected to live by 2050, urban nature-based solutions offer significant adaptation and mitigation potential, while benefitting people, nature and the economy. This session will shed light on how cities around the world have successfully implemented nature-based solutions, sharing their experiences, lessons learnt, and benefits achieved.

Susanna Gionfra



Thursday, June 30, 2022


ICC: Voices from Cities Room A
International Union For Conservation Of Nature
Polish, Spanish, English, French + CART
Greener Urban Futures
VC-A 13


This event gathers experts transforming cities with nature-based solutions, showcasing examples of how cities can harness and incorporate nature to achieve environmental, social and economic benefits.

The event will include introductions on the work of different cities with NBS, a moderated discussion on the lessons learnt, benefits and challenges encountered, so as to trigger a dialogue with other cities and experts in different socio-economic and environmental conditions.

A policy reflection from a EU representative will make the link to key EU Policy initiatives (Urban Agenda for the EU Partnership, Horizon Europe Mission on Cities, Urban Greening Plans, Cohesion policy and the support to the Green Deal implementation in cities) and global frameworks (New Urban Agenda).


This event aims to showcase examples of how cities harness and incorporate nature to achieve environmental, social and economic benefits across the world. Practical examples will be provided from EU-funded projects implementing nature-based solutions (in Europe and beyond), showing how urban greening look like.

In addition, the challenges and benefits or urban greening will be discussed, as well as the opportunities from the city and EU policy perspective.

Session speakers

Ms. Malgorzata Bartyna-Zielinska
Greenery Coordinator
Wroclaw City Hall
Mr. Luca Costantino Arbau
Officer, Sustainable Resources, Climate and Resilience
ICLEI Europe
Ms. Jiali Jin
Research Assistant
Research Institute of Forestry, Chinese Academy of Forestry
Mr. Yuhong Wang
Program Leader Civil Engineering
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Ms Laura Liger
Policy Officer, Urban and territorial development
DG REGIO, European Commission
Mr. Deema Abu Thiab
National Program Coordinator
UN-Habitat Jordan
Ms Maud Lelievre
Moderator, President of the IUCN French Committee
Les Eco-Maires