Introduction: About the UNA considerations handbook series

To fully benefit from all the learnings outlined in these handbooks, it’s important to be familiar with the challenges facing African cities and the realities and opportunities associated with working in this unique context. The imperative: As the 21st century will bring many challenges, officials and planners in Africa will need to focus their energy on developing sustainable, climate-resilient cities. Central to this task is the safeguarding of biodiversity, as urban natural assets provide a wide range of basic goods and services (see Figure 1) that support the health and well-being of city residents, and of society as a whole. They also afford benefits that help to build a city’s resilience to risks associated with climate change.


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