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ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network working with more than 2,500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development.

ICLEI Regional Secretariats and country offices

CLEVER Cities – Co-designing Locally tailored Ecological solutions

What we are doing

Three quarters of the European Union’s population live in cities. This is expected to further increase and bring with it socio-political shifts and societal marginalisation. Limited availability of physical space for the built environment, changing urban demographics, and increasing cultural diversity are foreseen to compound such consequences. Economically deprived, abandoned and neglected urban areas with a low share of green areas are particularly vulnerable to such shifts, and commonly face a lack of economic opportunities, increased health risks, degraded physical environments and limited access to (healthy) natural resources as well as low levels of social cohesion, elevated crime rates and high levels of perceived insecurity. Populations facing such local challenges often lack opportunities to express their needs, contribute their knowledge or be involved in developing and implementing suitable solutions. While urban regeneration has been highlighted as a necessary response to improve the fortune of these vulnerable areas and populations, environmental improvements have generally been considered as a consequence rather than a catalyst for regeneration.

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What we are achieving

ICLEI’s main activities in the project include: Taking the lead in transferring and customizing NBS, Co-developing NBS replication roadmap for FE, Co-developing the Urban NBS Plan along with the funding and investment strategies for FE, Co-developing the NBS implementation plan and opportunity-based implementation in FE districts and Launching a CLEVER Exchange Programme by organizing webinars, workshops, study visits etc. to ensure knowledge transfer. ICLEI will take stock of mirror funding and co-funding sources for the 3 regions of China, South America and non-EU Neighbouring countries map relevant stakeholders and conducting regional analyses as a basis for setting up the Transitions Academy(now called UrbanByNature Programme), establish the CLEVER Interest Group and CLEVER Regional Hubs, develop, establish and implement a global Transitions Academy (now called UrbanByNature Programme) and Co-designing contextually-adapted CLEVER solutions catalogues. ICLEI will also ensure strategic coordination of communication and dissemination activities and Organize dissemination and knowledge brokerage events. These efforts will help to (i) advance the knowledge base on NBS for inclusive urban regeneration, (ii) integrate NBS in urban regeneration and planning processes, and (iii) produce governance, business and financial models for NBS projects.

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Ambiente Italia, Austrian Environment Agency, Centre for Experiments in Urban Studies, China Center for Urban Development, Covasna Environmental Protection Agency, Ecologic Institute, Eliante, Essen University Hospital, European Business and Innovation Centre Network, Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Green4Cities, Grounwork London, HafenCity University Hamburg, Hamburg Institute of International Economics, Hamburg University of Technology, Italian Railway Network, Peabody Trust, Peking University, Polytechnic Foundation of Milan, Social Finance Ltd., The Young Foundation, Tongji University, WWF Italy, Xi'an Jiaotong University, YES Innovation,

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