01 May '18, 10am

Nature can help us create resilient cities, says IUCN President Zhang Xinsheng

Nature can help us create resilient cities, says IUCN President Zhang Xinsheng

Rapid migration to urban areas is a challenge for both humans and nature, with 70% of the world population projected to live in cities by 2050, the IUCN President said in his keynote speech at the Forum. The more people settle in cities, the more isolated they risk becoming from nature, he said. Solutions to challenges such as global warming and increasing natural disasters must come from those managing and governing cities, he added. In order to build resilient cities, we must recognise the connections between them and their natural surroundings, said Zhang Xinsheng. He emphasised that IUCN has built on the concept of Nature-based Solutions to bring humans closer to nature and to address complex challenges such as climate change. Zhang Xinsheng also declared IUCN’s commitment to supporting the the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC ), the Intern...

Full article: https://www.iucn.org/news/secretariat/201805/cities-must-...

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