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COP26 - Nature for Climate & Biodiversity in Cities: Entrepreneurship, co-creation & engagement (EU Side Event)

COP26 event

Online event

Time: 14:30 - 15:30 GMT

Nature-based solutions -NbS- are crucial for cities to address the climate and biodiversity crises, create quality jobs and wellbeing. The COP26 EU Side Event features different sectors practitioners (policy makers, entrepreneurs, international organizations) highlighting a variety of perspectives on key challenges, opportunities and pathways to mainstream urban NbS and boost local economies. Martina Otto, head of the GlobalABC Secretariat, will participate in this high-level panel.


  • Glasgow City Council (opening): Sean Vincent Kelly - H2020 Connecting Nature
  • Ecologic Institute (opening & closing): Ewa Iwaszuk, Sandra Naumann - H2020 INTERLACE

Practitioners presentations: 

  • Florys, Glasgow's Nature-based Accelerator: Elle Steele - Entrepreneur
  • Social Climate: Jesus Iglesias - EU Climate Pact Ambassador
  • Municipality of Granollers: Xavier Romero - Environmental officer
  • International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC): Robert Spencer - Vice-Chair SDC / Idriss Kathrada - Member

High-level panel:

  • City of Bogota: Carolina Urrutia - Secretary of Environment, Mayor's Office
  • UNEP: Martina Otto - Head of the Cities Unit & Secretariat of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction
  • IUCN Europe: Chantal van Ham - Acting Director, EU Programme Manager NbS
  • Glasgow City Council: Kit England - Green Economy Manager
  • Sheffield University (moderation): Tom Wild - Principal Investigator, H2020 CONEXUS

Register here to participate!