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 support cities and regions in Asia, Africa and South America in developing community-wide 100 percent renewable energy strategies, by increasing awareness and stakeholder engagement and assessing project concepts, financeability and implementation plans. (175 cities: globally)
We support and promote sustainable production of renewable resources from land, fisheries and aquaculture, and their conversion into bio-based products and bio-energy to drive growth in new jobs and industries in the bio-economy in Europe. (Europe).
We offer high impact capacity building on climate resilience for decision makers and stakeholders representing indigenous and northern communities, the private sector, and local and regional governments. (30 cities: North America)
Through our City-Business Collaboration Accelerator - CiBiX - we foster city-business collaboration worldwide for sustainable development through demand-driven, facilitated market engagement. (globally)
We provide cities with expert advice and mentoring to deliver circular procurement approaches as a catalyst for market uptake of innovative circular products and services. (3 cities: Europe)
We implement City Learning Labs to gather a broad range of knowledge-holders and decision-makers in developing a deep, shared understanding of the most critical urban issues linked to climate in European cities. (Europe)
We manage the East Asia Clean Air Cities program, aiming to foster regional cooperation between local governments, partners and solution providers from academia and private sectors, as a response to the urgent need for air quality improvements. (9 cities: East Asia)
We build capacity across local governments to develop and implement low carbon urban freight policies and practices through urban freight emission assessment tools, pilot demonstration projects, taking a multilevel governance approach designed to shape national policy recommendations.
(3+ cities: South America, South Asia)
We educate homeowners and residents on the impacts of natural hazards and extreme weather, and how to prepare for these events, through an innovative mobile app. (globally)
To support European cities in managing resources and dealing with waste crises, we bridge the public and private sectors and facilitate west-east city-to-city knowledge exchange to stimulate innovation that builds the circular economy. (Europe)