Call to host workshop on financing greener cities – deadline 11 April 2019

ICLEI – local governments for Sustainability- is a global network of more than 1750 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development. ICLEI in collaboration with NATURVATION and EKLIPSE, invites municipalities in South-Eastern Europe to apply to host a two-day workshop titled “Financing Greener Cities”. This capacity-building event will sharpen local stakeholders’ expertise in exploring financing arrangements for nature-based interventions.

The two-day workshop will bring together local policy-makers, decision-makers, economic scientists, and civil society from across the E.U. in discussion around financing options for local biodiversity, ecosystem services, and nature-based solutions.

The call for the submission of bids has recently been extended to 11 April 2019, 23:59 (CET).

The event takes the shape of an interactive workshop that will increase the participants’ capacity and community development need of financing arrangements for local biodiversity, ecosystem services (ESS) and nature-based solutions (NBS) interventions in response to local urban challenges. “Financing Options for Greener Cities” is developed in close cooperation with ICLEI, EKLIPSE Mechanism and the NATURVATION project.

The objective of the event is to improve the expertise of local stakeholders to better understand (1) the financing landscape, (2) financing options, (3) possible ‘investment’ cases and (4) financial arrangements (such as blended financing). The event will build their capacity by actively involving them in a preparatory webinar, an interactive workshop and a follow-up survey.

The webinar seeks to provide participants with an opportunity to get to know each other, to explore specific participants’ needs and prepare them for the workshop. On this occasion, the organisers will present the focus of the workshop, key preparatory materials and will start to tailor the most common and urgent challenges in financing biodiversity, ESS and NBS projects. These will shape the workshop programme.

The 2-day workshop will actively involve 20-40 participants from across Europe, representing local level policy-makers, decision-makers, economic scientists and civil society. During the workshop participants will (1) observe the most urgent challenges; (2) map the financing landscape and (3) reflect on the financing options, (4) make the case for investing in biodiversity, ESS and NBS; and (5) will stimulate outside the box thinking around financing arrangements.

A short survey after the workshop will collect the reflections of the participants and the lessons learned. This information will be summarised in a report, which will serve as a knowledge base for the future development and implementation of ‘green’ projects.

In order to secure equal opportunities and transparency, organisers will open one Call for Host (cities) and one Call for Participants. Those interested in hosting or participating in the event are invited to apply. Complete information about the application process will be published soon on this webpage.

Indicative timeline:

  • The webinar: June/July 2019
  • The workshop: September/October 2019


Call for Host

The Call for Host is now open. For complete information about the Call, download the attached .pdf file. 

Please be aware that the call for the submission of applications has been extended to 11 April 2019, 23:59 (CET).