In a growing global population, urbanization and climate change need new solutions to improve and maintain the quality of life in our cities. Public green space has a positive effect on climate, wellness, air quality, and biodiversity. ‘A Green Cities Network ‘encourages the greening of public spaces by providing information based on scientific research, innovative ideas, and technical expertise and it is on its way to being implemented in a small, intermediary, and metropolitan cities.
Green Cities focuses on ensuring access to a healthy environment and healthy diet from sustainable agri-food systems and will contribute to climate adaptation and mitigation and sustainable resource management. Currently, municipalities consume 80% of global energy and are responsible for 70% of greenhouse gas emissions, encroach into natural habitats and generate huge amounts of pollution and waste.
Globally, some places are more vulnerable than others, to the negative effects of climate change which threatens the biodiversity that surrounds it. Shifting towards compact, resilient, low-carbon, and inclusive cities would support them in developing innovative sustainable solutions for a positive future.
The Green Cities Programme aims to deliver impactful development outcomes at a large scale through two interlinked components such as country and city-level interventions with the implementation of integrated sustainable solutions and a global platform and coordination project to connect participating cities with global expertise.
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FAO – Green Cities Initiative
The Green Cities – The Positive Effect of European Green Cities
GEF – Sustainable Cities