Cities face many challenges while trying to become more resilient: water and food security, climate change, human health, sustainable economic development and disaster risk reduction. Bringing nature back into our cities has been gaining media attention, largely due to the pandemic crisis and growing sustainability challenges. How can designers engage? In this course you will learn about the immense potential of nature-based solutions - which mimic the processes of natural ecosystems - and how they can provide effective, multi-faceted benefits to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Nature-Based Solutions refers to a wide range of innovative, cost-effective and integrative approaches to address societal and environmental challenges. This is done by limiting the impacts of climate change, enhancing biodiversity and improving environmental quality while contributing to economic activities and social well-being.
Architect and urban/landscape planner (Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, University of Sao Paulo), doctoral degree in landscape architecture (Technical University of Munich), licensed by the Brazilian Council of Architecture and Urbanism. As the Senior Officer at ICLEI Europe for Nature-Based Solutions and Biodiversity, Daniela promotes peer-learning and partnerships between civil society, businesses and all levels of government to help cities plan and deliver nature-based solutions. Cities can dramatically improve their resilience via NBS to adapt to challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss, air pollution, ecosystem services degradation, water quality/scarcity, fostering collaborative governance, inclusive urban regeneration and socio-environmental justice.
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Large-scale changes all start small. Yet, little by little, it all contributes to building the world we want to live in. It starts with a simple conversation. Our Change by Design series is that conversation starter.
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