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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.

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Nature Based Solutions Capacity Building Programme

What we are doing

As part of the journey towards sustainable urban development, ecosystem services support municipalities and metropolitan regions to identify the potential of their natural resources. This training programme offer a propositional diagnosis that will indicate the windows of opportunity for the promotion of urban development based on nature to develop and integrate it in master plans and in municipal laws Environmental Compensation Strategies, Connectivity Areas, implementation and management of Conservation Units, protection of environmentally relevant areas and other initiatives will be presented to understand the current state of the territory, enabling the choice of coherent paths connected with the local reality. During the Ecosystem Services Capacity Building Programme, the participants will identify and design strategies to meet local challenges for the inclusion of biodiversity in the city's urban planning. The objective is to present the potential offered by nature to decision makers in order to design efficient strategies to meet the challenges of the territory. The training will be developed with an emphasis on the following themes: - Illustrative Mapping of Ecosystem Services; - Ecosystem Services analysis/diagnostic; - Nature Based Solutions.

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How we are tracking

- 08 local governments engaged; - 28 participants; - Quality evaluation - Participants reported that their expectations were exceeded in the Capacity Building Programme - Number of local governments developing Ecosystem Services and Nature-based Solutions projects and/or initiatives;

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What we are achieving

In the scope of the INTERACT-Bio Project, was developed a First Training focused on the Nature Based Solutions for the municipalities of the Metropolitan Region of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. These cities are in the process of reviewing or preparing their Local Master Plans, with the support of the Metropolitan Development Agency of Belo Horizonte (ARMBH). With 26 participants, the training took place between April 27th and May 25th. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Workshop was offered virtually, in 5 sessions.

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Related ICLEI Pathways
  • Equitable and people-centered development
  • Nature-based development
Related SDGs

Metropolitan Development Agency of Belo Horizonte (ARMBH), Municipality of Esmeraldas, Municipality of Florestal, Municipality of Itaguara, Municipality of Raposos, Municipality of Santa Luzia, Municipality of Taquaraçu de Minas, State of Minas Gerais,

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