23.11 - 24.11.2023 | Envigado (COL) & Online

Rethinking urban-rural linkages for people and biodiversity

Cities Talk Nature Conference

Urban ecosystems and their rural surroundings are increasingly under strain. In this context, nature-based solutions (NbS) hold great value. By restoring and protecting local ecosystems, NbS can strengthen urban-rural linkages to increase resilience to climate change, benefit the environment and support the economy.

The city of Envigado, Colombia, is a leading example of an integral approach to foster urban-rural linkages for people and biodiversity, with its local system of protected areas (SILOPE) and a wide range of creative and innovative mechanisms to engage citizens through cultural, social and education activities.

During the conference, participants will learn first-hand from Envigado’s experience engaging citizens and local communities in the restoration and conservation of key green spaces, river corridors and local ecosystems.

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The conference, organized within the INTERLACE project by the city of Envigado in cooperation with United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), Ecologic Institute and the Humboldt Institute Colombia, will gather municipal actors and practitioners interested in tapping the potential of nature-based solutions in their cities and regions.

The event will feature a variety of formats (in person and online) aimed at fostering exchange and learning, including field visits, practical workshops, and peer discussions.

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