The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH), through its Green City initiative, and ICLEI, through its Cities Biodiversity Center (CBC), announce a global partnership to collaborate on the CitiesWithNature partnership initiative, ahead of International Biodiversity Day on Friday 22 May.
Biodiversity is essential for sustainable development and human wellbeing; this is the message from the United Nations ahead of International Biodiversity Day on Friday.
The theme this year is “our solutions are in nature,” which could not be more pertinent at this time when our cities face many challenges.
AIPH leads global thinking on the successful integration of nature into the built environment. Through its Green City programme, it initiates projects and activities that create an awareness of the power of plants in contributing practical and economically sound solutions to many of the problems that our cities face.
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is an international organisation of over 1,750 local and subnational governments dedicated to sustainability. ICLEI CBC acts globally on biodiversity and nature on behalf of ICLEI, and is the secretariat of the CitiesWithNature partnership initiative, on behalf of the founding partners: ICLEI, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and the growing network of supporting partners.
CitiesWithNature provides a shared global platform for cities, researchers, practitioners, partners, and urban communities to connect, learn, share, act, and inspire each other to strengthen collective action in mainstreaming nature into our cities and surrounding regions.
It enables the global celebration, enhancement, and protection of nature for the benefit and overall wellbeing of cities and people in cities.
This partnership aligns the common goals of the two organisations towards promoting sustainable urban development.
Chair of the AIPH Green City Committee, Bill Hardy, says: “Our partnership with CitiesWithNature enhances the capacity of AIPH to influence practice, and change the way our cities look and function.”
AIPH Technical Advisor, Dr Audrey Gerber, adds: “This partnership reinforces our serious green ambitions. Through joint activities, research, and shared resources, facilitated by this partnership, we will seek to inspire people worldwide — organisations, city councils, communities, and government administrations — to reignite our relationship with nature and reap the benefits.”
Ms. Kobie Brand, Global Director of ICLEI’s CBC, says: “We are thrilled to partner with the world’s champion for the power of plants. Plants are an important component of the biodiversity on which we critically depend, especially in our increasingly urban lives. Our cities are places where people and nature can thrive in harmony. On International Biodiversity Day and beyond, we are jointly committed to building CitiesWithNature.”
Mr Timothy Blatch, Global Coordinator of CitiesWithNature adds: “Our collaboration is exciting and timeous, and we welcome AIPH to the growing global network of partners dedicated to mainstreaming nature in all aspects of life. We are united in our vision as we embark on the journey to reconnect people with nature. The solutions to the challenges our cities face are in nature, as we shape a collective urban future that is greener and healthier.”