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Integrating Nature into Climate Planning

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 come away with a Nature-Based Solutions Matrix, learn the basics of an LBSAP, and a template to create their own LBSAP. 

ICLEI will provide participants with:

  • Live, 1-hour web-based presentations twice a month
  • 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

At a Glance

Open To:

ICLEI Members, Regional Affiliates

# Participants:



July 2024 through October 2024


200 - Intermediate


Free with ICLEI membership




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, complete a Nature Based Solution Matrix and have a draft LBSAP started 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 Biodiversity and Nature

Session 2: Biodiversity Assessments – Cities Biodiversity Index

Session 3: Biodiversity Assessments – Mapping Biodiversity

Session 4: Reaching Targets through Nature Based Solutions

Session 5: Local Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (LBSAP)

Session 6: Implementing Nature-Based Solutions


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