On October 23rd, 2020, the SGUP Project and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability co-hosted a webinar on “Sustainable Urban Renewal through Nature-Based Solutions: Lessons Learned from Chinese and German Cities” as part of the BMU sponsored Daring Cities Conference. Apart from the Center for Science Technology and Industrial Development (CSTID) under MoHURD and the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), the four cities of Chengdu, Foshan, Mannheim, and Hamburg presented their efforts to integrate NbS into their urban renewal strategies. Both Chinese and German participants highlighted that the concept of NbS is perceived as very positive and desirable in their countries, as NbS triggers innovation and provides good alternatives to grey infrastructure. The participating cities presented explicit plans for connecting their urban with green and blue development as well as for anchoring this in local policies.
Retrospectively, ICLEI highlighted that the webinar was among the fifth most-watched Daring Cities thematic sessions. A link to the recorded session can be found here.