Join us as we explore how restoring urban ecosystems can create healthy, sustainable and future-proof cities.


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

Restoring urban spaces, designing future-proof cities

Mayors and other urban leaders will gather during this High-Level Panel to envision cities full of life, as part of the official launch programme of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

1 June 2021 12:00 – 12:45 UTC

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 revitalise 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, mayors and other leaders from trailblazing cities will share their successes, challenges and visions for ecosystem restoration in their cities. They will share insights from various parts of the world, from a range of climates, and from cities of different sizes.

Our speakers

Ana green

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

Mauricio green

Mauricio Vila Dosal
Governor of the State of Yucatán, Mexico

Lena green

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

Cheryl green

Cheryl Jones Fur
Deputy Lord Mayor of Växjö Municipality, Sweden

Chumisa green

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

Kobie green

Kobie Brand
Deputy Secretary General of ICLEI

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