COVID-19 has placed incredible pressure on cities to protect the health of their residents, provide access to outdoor green spaces and address deep-seated social inequalities. How can cities meet these demands during a global economic downturn with the prospect of tight municipal budgets?
This virtual event will explore how leading cities like London and Accra are using forests and other nature-based solutions to provide valuable health and economic benefits for city residents while fighting climate change. The event will address key questions such as:
How can London improve the quality, functionality, accessibility, and interconnectivity of the city’s green space? How can we use charismatic tree species to capture the public’s imagination?
How are Global South cities like Accra leading on nature based solutions, and how can they benefit from international cooperation with London and other peer cities?
How can cities use private finance to pay for nature-based solutions in a time of tight city budgets?
How can cities ensure their investments in nature-based solutions are fairly distributed and help address social inequalities?
During this London Climate Week Webinar, representatives from the Greater London Authority; the city of Accra, Ghana; the National Park City Foundation; GLOBE International; and Cities4Forests will share their experiences and insights, with time for Q&A.
Malini Mehra, CEO, GLOBE International (moderator)
Nicole Collomb, Senior Policy and Programme Officer, Greater London Authority
Paul De Zylva, Chair, National Park City Foundation
Desmond C. Appiah, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Accra, Ghana
Todd Gartner, Director, Cities4Forests and Natural Infrastructure Initiative, World Resources Institute