Nature-based development pathway

The nature-based development pathway protects and enhances biodiversity and urban ecosystems, which underpin key aspects of local economies and the well-being and resilience of our communities.

Through this pathway, local and regional governments prioritize healthy local environments, in which air, water, soil and all natural resources that sustain life and health are protected and nurtured. They deploy strategies and plans that unlock the potential for nature to provide essential services and new economic opportunities. They apply nature-based solutions, use blue and green infrastructure and promote green zones.


INTERACT-Bio: Integrated sub-national action for Biodiversity

ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability has initiated a project on mainstreaming biodiversity across city regions in India, Brazil, and Tanzania. The INTERACT-Bio: Integrated sub-national action for Biodiversity: Supporting implementation of National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans (NBSAP) through the mainstreaming of biodiversity objectives across City-Regions project is supported through the International Climate Initiative 2016 of Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Germany and the India chapter of the project is being facilitated by ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability, South Asia. The overarching goal of the project is to support the attainment of Aichi Target 2, whilst contributing to other Aichi Targets, especially Target 1 and 17.

Biodiversity Conservation and Natural Resource Management for Sustainable Development in Gangtok

Rapid urbanisation has led to the reduction and exploitation of natural resources like surface and groundwater and also led to the dwindling of traditional resource utilisation and management practices which were earlier followed by the communities. Urbanisation has also led to the acceleration of pollution, which has, in turn, had an impact on the biodiversity of the city-region. Mainstreaming biodiversity conservation and natural resource management into urban planning is thus needed to ensure sustainable development.

Developing People’s Biodiversity Registers for 56 Villages and 11 Municipalities in Goa

ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability, South Asia has been selected as the Technical Support Group (TSG) by Goa State Biodiversity Board to support the development of People’s Biodiversity Registers. Mandated as per the Biological Diversity Act, 2002, each Biodiversity Management Committee has to document the biological diversity and traditional ecological knowledge in the form of the People’s Biodiversity Register. This register also has legal sanctity.

Development of People’s Biodiversity Register for Nagpur

The People’s Biodiversity Register is maintained by the Biodiversity Management Committee of the local body (urban as well as rural). ICLEI South Asia supported Nagpur Municipal Corporation in the development of the People’s Biodiversity Register and also developed an illustrated urban biodiversity map of Nagpur.

Undertaking a study to define the extent and intensity of habitat degradation, and prepare a model mitigation plan in alpine and sub-alpine areas in SECURE Himalaya project landscapes of Himachal Pradesh

The project aims to support the Government of India and State Governments to effectively promote sustainable land and forest management in alpine pastures and forests in high range Indian Himalayan ecosystems that secure sustainable livelihoods and ensures conservation of globally significant biodiversity and threatened species.

Assessing city biodiversity through City Biodiversity Index, Tree population and Green Cover estimation in GHMC area

The project aims at developing the City Biodiversity Index and estimating the green cover in GHMC area. The results will help the city corporation to plan and better conserve the urban biodiversity.

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