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Nature-based development

Nature-based development

Nature-based to protect and enhance the biodiversity and ecosystems in and around our cities, which underpin key aspects of our local economies and upon which we depend for the well-being and resilience of our communities.

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This pathway’s focus areas

Protect and restore

Protect and restore

biodiversity and ecosystems

Unlock

Unlock

nature’s contributions for people

 Promote

Promote

nature-based solutions

Through this pathway, local and regional governments prioritise healthy local environments, in which air, water, soil and all natural resources that sustain life and health are protected and nurtured. They deploy strategies and plans that unlock the potential for nature to provide essential services and new economic opportunities. They apply nature-based solutions, use blue and green infrastructure and promote green zones.

Pathway resources

5 strategies to integrate nature into urban planning for resilient African cities
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5 strategies to integrate nature into urban planning for resilient African cities

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Publications & reports
Event report | Protecting our communities with resilient urban water systems
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Event report | Protecting our communities with resilient urban water systems

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Publications & reports
Our Cities, Our Commitment, Our Future!
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Our Cities, Our Commitment, Our Future!

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Webinars & videos

Pathway projects

Building resilience through urban natural assets

Building resilience through urban natural assets

We support local governments in Africa to integrate nature-based solutions into land use planning for increased resilience.
Water Security Strategy for Johannesburg
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Water Security Strategy for Johannesburg

We co-developed the Water Security Strategy for the City of Johannesburg by defining challenges and designing remedial strategic responses.
One Planet City Challenge
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One Planet City Challenge

We highlight challenges and solutions for African cities while identifying options for networking and collaboration between cities and urban stakeholders.

Pathway news updates

ICLEI Africa mid-year news roundup 2024
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Newsletters
5 June 2024

ICLEI Africa mid-year news roundup 2024

Solve, fail, reflect: Insights from RISE Africa 2024 Action Festival
4 June 2024

Solve, fail, reflect: Insights from RISE Africa 2024 Action Festival

Dar es Salaam City develops stronger, more integrated biodiversity plan
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16 May 2024

Dar es Salaam City develops stronger, more integrated biodiversity plan