Cities are complex systems. The components of urban systems, from food distribution networks and energy grids to transport and greenways, are interconnected and dynamic. Intervening to create change in any one of these components may impact others, creating systemic change. Designing solutions that take these interconnections into account is critical to sustainable development.
The five ICLEI pathways towards low emission, nature-based, equitable, resilient and circular development are designed to create systemic change. When these pathways guide local and regional development, urban systems becomes more sustainable. The pathways provide provide a framework for designing integrated solutions that balance the patterns of human life and the built and natural environments. They encourage holistic thinking. For instance, working together, the local and regional governments and global experts of ICLEI consider how nature-based development contributes to resilience, or how to bring equity into low emission development.
We design our work to integrate as many pathways as possible. Each individual pathway is multidimensional, incorporating numerous strategies for sustainable development. When more pathways are integrated into any given activity, such as a project, partnership or initiative, a greater degree of change can occur. Often, our activities are guided by a predominant pathway or set of pathways. In any given city or region, multiple activities may be implemented along each pathway.
This searchable digital collection of our activities worldwide includes technical resources, including digital platforms, methodologies and tools, as well as networks, projects, programs, partnerships, events and initiatives that guide action along the pathways, spark new partnerships and create city-to-city and city-to-region connections.
Each entry in this digital collection is marked with predominant pathways, keywords and related Sustainable Development Goals.
We raise awareness on how local and regional governments can impact city-region food systems, by developing knowledge materials to advance a shared understanding of, advocate and enable subnational government leadership on sustainable and resilient food systems globally. (globally)
We promote and enable subnational government engagement in food policy and action with a focus on the global targets and ambitions articulated in Sustainable Development Goal 2 and through initiatives such as the Milan Food Pact. (8 cities, 1 region: Africa)
We promote food security, social inclusion, economic development and environmental resource management by combining networking with training, policy guidance and technical expertise on city-region food systems worldwide. (20+ cities: globally)
We support the development frameworks and tools to guide urban governance on the food-water-energy nexus, delivering innovative solutions to mitigate climate change and biodiversity loss, while advancing development goals from food security to job creation across cities worldwide. (8 cities: Africa, South America, Southeast Asia)
We facilitate integrated resource management across the water, food and energy sectors in Southeast Asia through concrete pilot projects, following supportive, inclusive development principles. (4 cities: Southeast Asia)
We link urban development and natural resources management in South Asia by introducing, promoting and facilitating the adoption of integrated planning and management approaches, specifically focused on the food-water-energy nexus in developing infrastructure projects. (3 cities: South Asia)
We explore the interactions and dependencies between rural, peri-urban and urban areas promoting policies, governance models and practices that foster mutually beneficial relations. (12 regions: Europe)
We explore the intersection of food systems, natural resources management and climate change in Small Islands Developing States to identify coherent and context-specific adaptation and mitigation measures. (globally)