Municipal leaders face hundreds of difficult choices every day. With so many needs and worthy programs, how does one choose where to invest limited funding? In the face of pressing human needs, cities too often decide that funding for environmental programs will have to wait.
But pitting people against nature in this way offers a false choice.
This collective vision for “well-planned urbanization” that accounts for how the built and natural environments work in tandem, not in opposition, to make our cities more livable will be key as cities around the world swell to adapt to growing human populations. Creating and protecting safe, inclusive and accessible green spaces can bring myriad benefits to cities.
Urban conservation doesn’t have to be a separate goal for city leaders to add on to their already busy agendas. It’s an approach that can help city leaders meet their existing goals across many sectors – economic growth, public health, waste management, thriving neighborhoods that attract residents and businesses.
Working collaboratively via networks including ICLEI, 100 Resilient Cities, and C40, mayors and their staff can drive policy on biodiversity protection, climate adaptation and mitigation, and wastewater management to solve national and global challenges.
Together, we can make life in cities better for all of us.
To learn more about how The Nature Conservancy is helping cities invest in nature-based solutions that benefit all residents, visit nature.org/greencity.
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