Financing Greener Cities is a capacity-building event, which will focus on strengthening the capacity of local authorities and practitioners for making informed decisions on financing nature-based solutions. The workshop will take place 8-9 October 2019 in Athens, Greece.
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 2-day workshop will be attended by up to 40 participants from across Europe, including local authorities respresentatives, researchers, practitioners and civil society/NGO representatives working on the topic.
During the first day of the workshop, participants will identify the most urgent challenges encountered with regards to financing and funding NBS as well as biodiversity projects and will have the opportunity to exchange knowledge and receive expert advice on solutions. In a guided exercise, participants will first map the financing /funding landscape. Following, experts from the EIB and NCFF and the municipality of Athens will provide first-hand insights on how to access these funding instruments and how to create bankable NBS and biodiversity projects that attract private sector investment.
On the second day, participants will learn how to make the case for investing in biodiversity and NBS projects by applying the NBS Business Model Canvas (Connecting Nature) and the NBS Business Model Puzzle (Naturvation) on up to six real cases in two consecutive workshops.
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