Nature-based solutions (NBS) are gaining traction in cities across the world as critical solutions to advance climate adaptation, water security, job creation, and more. While there are many benefits to these solutions, they can provide even more to city residents if they are planned to intentionally incorporate gender and social equity.

As part of the NGO-CSW Forum, this session will showcase the innovative ways that WRI’s experts have used social and gender data to inform decisions about equitable, safe, and accessible NBS that reflect the priorities of women and other marginalized groups in cities. The event will highlight examples from cities in Ethiopia and Indonesia that are meaningfully integrating gender and social equity considerations into their policies and plans. The event will include perspectives from city leaders who are moving these policies forward.


  • Ayushi Trivedi, Research Associate, Gender Equity Practice, WRI
  • Todd Gartner, Director, Cities4Forests & Natural Infrastructure Initiative, WRI
  • Yimegnushal Tadesse, Deputy Bureau Head & Beautification and Nurturing Division Head, Addis Ababa Urban Beautification and Green Development Bureau
  • Dr Asnake Mekuria, Senior Researcher, Panafrica Geoinformation Service
  • Ir. Dolfina Jece Mano, M.Si, Head of Environmental Agency, Jayapura
  • Suryamiharja, Head of Spatial Planning, Public Works Agency of Manokwari Regency
  • Naomi Marasian, Director, Papua Indigenous Peoples Study and Empowerment
  • Els T. Katmo, Gender and Social Equity Consultant, WRI


Cover image by Aris Sanjaya/CIFOR