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Integrating Nature into Climate Planning Cohort

In 2021, the White House released the  “America the Beautiful” initiative to conserve and restore nature by 2030. In December of 2022, at the Biodiversity COP15, leaders from across the globe agreed upon and adopted the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF). This framework provides countries with the main goals and targets needed to halt and reverse biodiversity loss by 2050. Both of these documents set the stage for conserving nature within local communities. 

This capacity-building cohort introduces the concept of a Local Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plan (LBSAP). LBSAPs are guiding documents to advance biodiversity conservation and nature based solutions within the local context. LBSAPs are a great way for local communities to implement the goals and targets of both the “America the Beautiful” Initiative and the GBF.

Participants of this cohort will learn the basics of an LBSAP and come away with a Nature – Based Solution Matrix they can integrate into an existing sustainability plan or new LBSAP.  

ICLEI will provide participants with:

  • Live, 1-hour web-based presentations monthly for ten months
  • Peer exchange and learning, including nature based solutions from cities throughout the U.S. and internationally
  • ICLEI’s Nature Based Solutions Matrix, templates, and other resources
  • 1:1 calls with each participating community

At a Glance

Open To:

ICLEI Members

# Participants:



September 2023 through July 2024


400 - Advanced




Resilient, Nature-Based


There is no additional cost to participate. ICLEI will provide 10 hours of group instruction, 10 hours of individual support, access to tools and peer network, and recognition.


Open to ICLEI members only.

Who Will Participate

Up to 20 ICLEI members will participate.

Effort Level

Participants will attend live virtual training sessions and complete a Nature Based Solution Matrix at the end of the cohort. ICLEI technical experts will provide individual coaching sessions. Expect 40-60 hours of effort during the cohort duration.


Exact sessions and dates TBC.

Session 1: Introduction to LBSAPs, the America the Beautiful Initiative and the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF)

Session 2: Nature Task Force and Community Engagement

Session 3: Introduction to Cities Biodiversity Index

Session 4: Introduction to a Natural Asset Map

Session 5: Goal and Target Setting

Session 6: Nature Based Solutions Pt 1

Session 7: Nature Based Solutions Pt 2 Identify and Prioritize Actions

Session 8: Introduction to the Nature Based Solution Matrix: Identify and Prioritize Actions

Session 9: Funding & Implementation

Session 10: Closing Group Discussion


Contact cohort leads Calyn Hart and Tom Herrod at and