Leaders from cities and international organisations explored how restoring urban ecosystems can create healthy, sustainable and future-proof cities. Watch the video recording of the high-level event and be inspired.

ICLEI is proud to be a Global Partner of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

Cities are often seen as concrete jungles with little room or thought spared for nature. But people are increasingly realizing that greener cities are healthier, happier and more resilient places. How can we add more green to the grey? How can we revitalize the existing urban ecosystems – such as parks, street trees, waterways, coastlines and patches of forest? And how can cities, as engines of innovation, advance ecosystem restoration?

In this high-level panel discussion, leaders from international organizations and trailblazing cities shared their successes, challenges and visions for ecosystem restoration in cities.

Our speakers

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Ana María Hernández Salgar
Chair of IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services)

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Mauricio Vila Dosal
Governor of the State of Yucatán, Mexico

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Lena Chan
Senior Director, International Biodiversity Conservation Division, Singapore National Parks Board

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Anuela Ristani
Deputy Mayor for International Affairs, Tirana, Albania

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Cheryl Jones Fur
Deputy Lord Mayor of Växjö Municipality, Sweden

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Chumisa Thengwa
Manager: Biodiversity Impact Assessment at eThekwini Municipality (Durban), South Africa

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Kobie Brand
Deputy Secretary General of ICLEI

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