Climate Change Adaptation and Urban Resilience


European Green Capital Network future-proof toolkit launched

The European Green Capital Network has just launched a new Future-proof Toolkit with case studies, guidance and insider tips on how cities can become more resilient towards climate change. The Toolkit showcases Oslo’s storm-water management strategy, Nijmegen’s citizen-led approach to reducing flood risk, Hamburg’s plans to build 100 hectares of green roofs, and Lisbon’s green infrastructure programme. “With green infrastructure, there is a wide range of challenges you can address through the same solution,” explains Duarte Mata of the City of Lisbon.

European Urban Resilience Forum: last chance to register

The one-day event follows three key topical streams: Nature based Solutions, Improving Governance for Inclusive and Effective Climate Action, and Financing and Monitoring Strategies for Urban Resilience. The Forum has gained support from the European Commission, the European Investment Bank, Covenant of Mayors, LIFE and the Committee of the Regions. These crucial organisations will be present at the event to actively contribute to the discussions. As a new feature, the event will host a Photo Exhibition at the Marketplace under the motto “Art meets resilience”. The updated programme is now available on the event’s website.

First webinar held of UrbanByNature programme held on 23rd April 2019

UrbanByNature is a global capacity-building and expertise-sharing programme to empower local governments to harness the potential of nature for sustainable urban development, organised by ICLEI Europe, supported by the Connecting Nature project and hosted by CitiesWithNature. The first phase of the programme for Brazilian cities has just launched and the kick-off webinar is available to watch back in English and Portuguese. After the first phase, cities in China, South Korea, and the Caucasus will participate in locally-tailored activities. Upcoming webinars (focus on Brazilian cities, but all are welcome!):

29 May 2019 15:00-16:00 CET: What are your city's needs and experiences on nature-based solutions?

11July 2019 15:00-16:00 CET: How to foster co-creation for NBS implementation?

Register for UrbanByNature

How urban partnerships can drive nature-based innovation

For the past three years, ICLEI has been coordinating Urban-Regional Innovation Partnerships, or URIPs, as part of the NATURVATION project that aims to create a step-change in how nature-based solutions are understood and used for sustainable urbanisation. These collaborative processes in six European cities – ICLEI Members Barcelona (Spain), Utrecht (The Netherlands) and Malmö (Sweden), as well as Leipzig (Germany), Győr (Hungary) and Newcastle (United Kingdom) – are convened by local authorities and researchers, and bring together strategic urban governance actors to share knowledge stemming from research, policies, and practice.

Back to basics in Turin: city gardening rises again

Concrete jungles used to be seen as a fact of city life; it's what you accepted in return for the economic and cultural opportunities that cities had to offer. The residents of Mirafiori Sud – the proGIreg Living Lab in Turin - however, have shown that times are changing, and that cities too, can be green. In February 2019 they came together to design and plan their new community gardens, - part of the 'Orti Generali' project. And they are not alone; with various styles of community gardening sprouting up throughout Europe and beyond, city gardening is the latest big trend.

In the context of the global Action Agenda for Nature and People, series of regional and other consultation meetings in the lead up to COP 15 in China in 2020, and the post 2020 global biodiversity framework, ICLEI's Cities Biodiversity Centre has launched a webinar series aiming to keep the local and subnational governments informed of the post 2020 global biodiversity framework consultations and negotiations and the Action Agenda. The first webinar provided an introduction by the SCBD to the overall post 2020 global biodiversity framework, ICLEI’s role in the local and subnational space in this process, and feedback on the post 2020 Regional Consultations.

The Greater London Authority has published a new report including recent innovations in the design and delivery of green roofs and green walls and with case-studies highlighting good practice in urban greening in London.

NBS catalogue

Politecnico di Milano has produced a catalogue of nature-based solutions for urban regeneration.


A follow-up report is available for the Cultural Adaptations transnational meeting, which addressed Adaptation Strategies for Cultural Managers and Designing Embedded Artist Projects.



Transformative Action Award 2019

Win €10,000 EUR to implement your next adaptation measure with the 2019 Transformative Action Award. Deadline: 31 July

Resilient Cities 2019: early bird open

The 10th global forum on urban resilience and adaptation will take place from 26-28 June 2019 in Bonn, Germany. Early bird registration closes on 3rd April and a further discount is available for public authority representatives and ICLEI members.

Shaping the Future of Climate Change Adaptation in the Alpine Countries

Final conference of the Alpine Space project GoApply took place on 24th April 2019 as a public one-day Climate Adaptation Governance Lab at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna, back-to-back with the Austrian Climate Day 2019 (25th – 26th April 2019). The programme for the conference is available on the GoApply website. The project produced governance maps for seven Alpine countries, which are available at

Cities around the world building resilience

An informative and exciting discussion on “Cities around the world building resilience” will be organized by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability in the frame of the Public Lecture Series: “International Civil Protection and Disaster Risk Reduction”. The event is free of charge and will take place on 29 May from 18:15 to 19:45 at the Geozentrum of the University of Bonn (Meckenheimer Allee 176, 53115 Bonn).

ICLEI and UN-Habitat sessions at ICCA2019

ICLEI Europe and UN-Habitat are organising two sessions under the banner ‘Adapting to change, enhancing local resilience’ at the International Conference on Climate Action (ICCA2019), in Heidelberg on 22 and 23 May 2019. The sessions will explore the potential of ecosystem-based adaptation to build resilience, with a focus on benefiting vulnerable groups.

ICLEI Europe to share adaptation tools at the ECCA conference

"Exploring your city’s risk interdependencies with the Risk Systemicity Questionnaire" and "Understanding Europe’s risk landscape with the European Climate Risk Typology" will be presented at the ECCA 2019 Tool-shed.

Site visits announced for Resilient Cities 2019

1. Bonn fire station: Managing disaster in Bonn with the firefighters

2. The German Committee for Disaster Reduction (DKKV) - North Route to Beuel: Increasing resilience of the Rhine basin

3. The German Committee for Disaster Reduction (DKKV) - South route to Mehlem: Increasing resilience of the Rhine basin

4. The Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance: Prevention and protection from disasters in Germany

5. The city of Essen: Focus: From Grey to Green: The transition of Essen

ICLEI CBC Post 2020 global biodiversity framework Webinar #2: 09 May 2019: 8AM & 3PM (GMT +2)

International Urban Cooperation (IUC) webinar: From a linear to a circular city - how to get started?: 14th May 2019, 9:30-11:00 CEST

1st TeRRIFICA Online Conference "Co-creation and Climate Action. How people can have an impact on climate adaptation and mitigation?" 22 May 2019 10:00-14:00 CEST

ICLEI Europe / ENABLE project webinar: 27 May 16:00-17:00 CEST

ICLEI Europe / UrbanByNature Webinar#1: What are your city's needs and experiences on nature-based solutions?, 29 May 2019 15:00 CEST

ICLEI CBC Post 2020 global biodiversity framework Webinar #3: 20 June 2019: 8AM & 3PM (GMT + 2)

ICLEI Europe / UrbanByNature Webinar#2: How to foster co-creation for NBS implementation?, 11 July 2019 15:00 CEST

ICLEI CBC Post 2020 global biodiversity framework Webinar #4: 18 July 2019: 8AM & 3PM (GMT + 2)
International Conference on Climate Action (ICCA2019), 22-23 May 19, Heidelberg (Germany)

European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA), 28-31 May 19, Lisbon (Portugal)

Cities around the world building resilience, 29 May, Bonn (Germany) 

The Nature of Cities Summit, 4–7 June 2019, Paris (France)

Nature-based Cities: A Nature-based Solutions Peer-Learning Workshop for Cities, 24 June 19, Bonn (Germany)

European Urban Resilience Forum 2019, 25 June 19, Bonn (Germany)

Resilient Cities 2019, 26-28 June 19, Bonn (Germany)

9th European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns, 30 September - 2 October 2020, Mannheim (Germany)

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