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UrbanByNature Latin America

UrbanByNature Latin America

CLEVER Cities is bringing the UrbanByNature (UbN) programme to Latin America! Tailored to the needs and interests of Latin American local governments and urban stakeholders, UbN Latin America is providing capacity-building and good practice exchange on a variety of topics including stakeholder engagement, technical implementation and monitoring of nature-based solutions.

UrbanByNature Latin America launched 19-20 April 2022 with a two day live event in the host city of Quito, Ecuador. The event brought together urban leaders and stakeholders for high-level discussion and interactive workshops about the use of Nature-based Solutions in the Latin American context.  The hub is in the process of hosting a five-part webinar series geared towards Latin American cities between June 2022 and February 2023.


"Over the last 20 years, cities have sought to build resilience and minimise their environmental impact through isolated projects and mainly organisational and technological approaches. Today, by considering nature not just as an urban landscape component but as a toolbox for urban planning, we have the opportunity to not only reconcile the city with its natural context but also to enable it to respond to the challenges of the 21st century with cost-effective solutions."

Grace Yepez, Co-founder and President of YES Innovation, Ecuador

Grace Yepez, Co-founder and President of YES Innovation, Ecuador

"As the challenges of the 21st century show itself, we see the consequences of an urban era which has shaped itself in profound disrespect to nature. On the other hand, all the agreements on the Biodiversity Post-2020 Framework, that will be consolidated as outcomes from COP15, bring us hope that it is possible to shift our cities to a different development perspective. Urban by Nature is there to consolidate this vision and, in a very pedagogic approach, to demonstrate the different possible ways to do it."

Rodrigo Perpétuo, Executive Secretary ICLEI SAMS

Rodrigo Perpétuo, Executive Secretary ICLEI SAMS

“In the face of phenomena such as climate change it is essential to respond through coherent local policies to global challenges. Nature is emerging as a means to provide solutions to the climate adaptation challenges that afflict cities. The consideration of Nature-based Solutions (NbS) in urban processes is the opportunity to prepare our cities for the future through an innovative ecosystem approach that contributes to climate change adaptation, resilience, economic growth and the improvement of the quality of life of human beings. The city of Quito is proud to host the UrbanByNature Latin American Hub and hopes that the dissemination of this approach will contribute to bringing nature and its characteristics closer to our cities.”

Santiago Guarderas, Mayor of the Metropolitan District of Quito

Santiago Guarderas Alcalde del Distrito Metropolitano de Quito

“Ante fenómenos como el cambio climático es esencial responder a través de políticas locales coherentes a retos globales. La naturaleza se perfila como un medio para proveer soluciones a los desafíos de adaptación climática que aquejan a las ciudades. La consideración de las Soluciones basadas en la Naturaleza (SbN) en los procesos urbanos es la oportunidad para preparar a nuestras ciudades para el futuro a través de un enfoque ecosistémico, innovador que contribuya a la adaptación al cambio climático, a la resiliencia, al crecimiento económico y a la mejora de la calidad de vida del ser humano. La ciudad de Quito se enorgullece en ser la sede del Hub Latinoamericano de SbN y espera que la difusión de esta perspectiva contribuya a acercar más a la naturaleza y sus características a nuestras ciudades.”

Santiago Guarderas, Alcalde del Distrito Metropolitano de Quito

Santiago Guarderas Alcalde del Distrito Metropolitano de Quito

UrbanByNature Latin America programme

In collaboration with the City of Quito, ICLEI SAMS, ICLEI World Secretariat, and YES Innovation, the UrbanByNature Latin America Hub will invite urban leaders from diverse cities throughout Latin America.

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UrbanByNature Latin America Hub Webinar #5: Monitor and Upscale

Join us for insight into how cities in Latin America are monitoring and upscaling local, co-created nature-based solutions!

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Save the Date! UrbanByNature Latin America Hub Webinar #4: Step 5 - Implement

The Step 5 webinar (9 am ECT Nov 24, 2022) will support you in preparing to implement your nature-based interventions.

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Save the Date! UrbanByNature Latin America Hub Webinar #3: Step 4 - Commit and Plan

The Step 4 webinar (9 am ECT Oct 6, 2022 ) is dedicated to gaining commitment and setting out the planning process.

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UbanByNature Latin America Hub Webinar #2: NBS prioritization - Setting goals with local residents and stakeholders

Join the Step 3 webinar (9 am ECT Aug 11, 2022) to equip yourself for setting goals together with the citizens.

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UrbanByNature Introductory Video

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UrbanByNature Latin America Hub: Webinar #1/ UrbanByNature Hub Latinoamericano: Webinar #1

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