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The unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 pandemic has only highlighted the need to put nature at the center of the rebuilding efforts, not only to build back better, but also to prevent a future pandemic. Nature-based Solutions (NBS) are the way forward to build resilient cities and this is evident now to policy makers, politicians, private sector companies and other community-based organizations. In spite of the obvious advantages, NBS face several challenges, including but not limited to creating a financial model to build, operate and maintain, as it involves the participation of multiple stakeholders and collaborative efforts in the long-term.
WRI India and the Kochi Municipal Corporation have brought together some leading experts and practitioners in the field of NBS to discuss:
The Cities4Forests team, WRI India will share highlights on ongoing work and some key approaches for NBS in cities. This will be followed by experience sharing by the different experts on financing NBS in cities.