Our Partners

Our Partners

UrbanByNature is powered by ICLEI Europe, in cooperation with ICLEI’s regional offices across the world and ICLEI's World Secretariat. The programme is hosted by ICLEI’s Cities Biodiversity Center through its CitiesWithNature platform.

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ICLEI Europe

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, founded in 1990 as the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, is the world’s leading network of local and regional governments committed to sustainable development. Since 1992 the ICLEI European Secretariat has been closely working with ICLEI network cities in Europe, the Middle East and West Asia, other European networks, the European Commission, the Committee of the Regions, and many others. The ICLEI European Secretariat works with its over 100 in-house sustainability and communications professionals from its offices in Freiburg (DE), Berlin (DE) and Brussels (BE).

See ICLEI Europe's website

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ICLEI World Secretariat

ICLEI's World Secretariat in Bonn, Germany, was responsible for launching and facilitating the UrbanByNature Hubs in China, South Eastern Europe, and Latin America under the CLEVER Cities project.

See ICLEI World Secretariat's website

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CitiesWithNature is a unique initiative led by ICLEI's Cities Biodiversity Center, the Nature Conservancy and IUCN that recognizes and enhances the value of nature in and around cities across the world. The platform hosts the UrbanByNature programme on its YouTube account.

See CitiesWithNature's website

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H2020 NICE Project

NICE uses nature-based solutions (NbS) to transform concrete jungles. NICE will analyse, test, implement, compare and monitor NbS to reduce water pollution and run-off to create a circular urban water system.

See H2020 NICE Project's website



NBRACER brings together diverse demonstration and replication regions along the Atlantic Biographical Area, each with unique characteristics in physical and social landscapes. Using a nature-based solutions perspective, it establishes a baseline and provides new insights and actions to advance the regional journey towards resilience.

See NBRACER's website



NBS EduWORLD aims to nurture a society literate in nature-based solutions (NbS) by fostering synergies between NbS professionals and education providers, ensuring accessible NbS knowledge and resources, and promoting NbS as a viable career prospect. The project evaluates and expands current NbS educational initiatives, supports and tests NbS demonstrators across Europe, and engages educators at various levels of familiarity with NbS through targeted activities and extensive dissemination efforts.

See NBS EduWORLD's website



EcoDaLLi aims to centralise governance structures for the Danube River Basin by fostering a robust innovation ecosystem within an interconnected Living Lab system, and to enhance ecological restoration, protection and conservation through innovative solutions. This Horizon Europe project is part of the EU mission "Restoring our Oceans and Waters by 2030".

See EcoDalli's website


Urban Nature Plans+

UNP+ is a Horizon Europe project that aims to make urban nature the norm rather than the exception. By working with cities, the project aims to halt biodiversity loss and enhance urban ecosystems, fostering healthier and more resilient communities. UNP+ integrates city-led initiatives with national sustainability strategies through collaborative research and action to develop transformative green solutions.

See Urban Nature Plans+'s website



NetworkNature (NN) is a resource hub for the nature-based solutions (NbS) community, facilitating local, regional and international collaboration to improve and scale up NbS. It maintains a comprehensive, science-based evidence base, strengthens partnerships and supports the development of strategic frameworks and tailored resources to promote integrated and systemic NbS planning, design and investment. Further NN organises NbS Task Forces to enhance synergies and maximise impact acorss various projects.

See NetworkNature's website



Climate resilience needs land! LAND4CLIMATE, a EU-funded project that runs from 2023 to 2027, with the aim to deploy and demonstrate the practical application of nature-based solutions (NbS) on privately owned land. NbS draw inspiration from natural processes and offer a means to support the resilience of both rural and urban areas. By specifically focusing on implementing NbS on private land, LAND4CLIMATE supports transformative efforts to make Europe more resilient to issues caused by climate change, implementing and scaling innovative land policy strategies. The project spans across six study areas in the continental Europe: Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Romania, and Slovakia, with associated replication areas. The LAND4CLIMATE consortium brings together five universities, six authorities at local, regional, and state levels, as well as non-governmental organisations, representatives from national parks, and stakeholders in community development and urban planning.

See Land4Climate's website

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CLEVER Cities was a five-year, €15 million project funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme to promote sustainable and socially inclusive urban regeneration in cities across Europe, South America and China. Based on an innovative community-driven approach, the project involved local governments, citizens, businesses, knowledge partners and district level stakeholders in identifying and implementing urban interventions that harness nature's unique potential to address development challenges.

See CLEVER Cities's website

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Connecting Nature was a five-year, €11.4 million project funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 Innovation Action Programme. It involved 30 project partners from industry, local authorities, local communities, NGOs and research in 16 countries, with hubs in Brazil, China, Korea and the Caucasus (Georgia and Armenia). The aim was to position Europe as a global leader in innovation and implementation of nature-based solutions by the end of the project.

See Connecting Nature's website

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The UrbanByNature programme is funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union under Grant Agreements No. 730222 and No. 776604. The sole responsibility for the content of this website lies within UrbanByNature and in no way reflects the views of the European Union.