A global initiative for cities, regions and other subnational governments and their communities to engage with and enhance nature in urban and city-region landscapes
Why do we need CitiesWithNature?
Cities, especially those that are developing fast and building infrastructure at staggering speed, are in a very unique position. They can make a choice that will affect our very survival down the line – to plan and build our cities with nature.
Nature provides us with wide ranging benefits and essential services such as water purification, flood control, climate regulation, food and clean air. In addition, a growing body of evidence points not only to the direct link between nature and the physical health of people living in cities, but also to the impact it has on our mental, spiritual and community well-being.
Unfortunately, our current activities and development patterns are straining natural systems across the world, often to such an extent that nature cannot fully recover, further weakening the very ecosystems upon which our welfare and livelihoods depend. This trend is intensified in cities with rapid urban expansion patterns. These are often also the same cities where the remaining biodiversity is of high value, not only for the cities themselves, but also for their surrounding regions.
Humanity shares a common future—one that resides in cities. It is expected that more than 70 percent of the global population will live in urban areas by 2050. By valuing, nurturing and restoring the essential connection between nature and ourselves within our cities, we can harness the solutions provided by nature along with the incredible innovations made by humanity to shape a strong and resilient urban future.
CitiesWithNature provides a shared platform for cities and their partners to engage and connect in this space, working with shared commitment towards a more sustainable urban world with nature.