By the year 2050 more than two thirds of the world’s population will be living in cities. This phenomenal transformation happening at accelerating rates, particularly in small and medium sized cities in developing countries, presents an enormous challenge and a unique opportunity.
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People are concentrating in cities and ecosystems are being lost worldwide, reducing the opportunities of cities to provide its citizens with natural landscapes. Contrastingly, this happens as the number of scientific publications showing the importance of natural settings for physical and mental health keeps increasing. Cities need to find creative ways to offer citizens with opportunities to interact with natural ecosystems. The good news is that these natural ecosystems within city limits can be of various sizes and they can provide several parallel benefits. Green areas not only reduce stress and enhance the wellbeing of city dwellers, they also help mitigate some of the effects of climate change, such as the heat island effect during heat waves or dangerous runoff during heavy storms.
In AAE we have experts with expertise working on urban areas at the global and national level from a variety of perspectives. We have biologists specialized in ecosystem based adaptation, architects with urban planning experience and social specialists with experience working on the interactions between society and the environment at the urban level.
Development of state of the environment assessments at the city level.
Assessment of the existence and potential for green urban areas.
Analysis of potential use of ecosystem based adaptation solutions at the urban level.
Capacity building for urban stakeholders.