🌍 In Rajshahi, a city in Bangladesh which used to be notorious for air pollution, a hybrid nature-based solutions (NbS) programme has transformed life for residents. Using a combination of tree and flower planting, a ‘zero-soil’ policy and a ban on lorries during the day, Rajshahi saw the biggest reduction in urban air pollution of any city in the world - down 67 percent in just two years. 🏙️
Urban NbS are a relatively recent departure for the EU GCCA+, which has traditionally funded climate change adaptation and mitigation projects in rural areas.
“Cities are not fully perceived as an arena where climate actions take place. The climate change dimension of urban planning should be scaled up to enable cities to cope with the different dynamics of climate change, and sustainable development should be strictly linked to sustainable urban planning.” Monica Bonfanti, EU GCCA+ Technical Expert
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