New Pathways for Climate Action

New Pathways for Climate Action: Nature-based and People-based Solutions for Urban Sustainability and Climate Resilience

Cities effectuate change through closer engagement in peoples’ daily lives and an inherent understanding of the socioeconomic conditions and local vulnerabilities.  Local governments can influence lower emission trajectories and strengthen adaptive capacities by employing integrated planning, policy development, and low-carbon infrastructure investments to create an urban context where the built environment and the choice architecture guide human behavior towards climate action and sustainable lifestyles.

Research question: How can nature-based solutions and urban ecosystems services influence the trajectory of environmental stewardship to culminate in climate action (people-based solutions)?


Publications & Presentations:

Santiago Fink, H. (forthcoming): New Pathways for Climate Action: Nature-based Solutions and People-based Solutions for Urban Sustainability and Climate Resiliency; presentation at: Utrecht Earth System Governance Conference, November 5 – 8, 2018.

Urban Breezes Webinar: Nature-based Solutions for Climate Resilience

McPhearson, T., Karki, M., Herzog, C., Santiago Fink, H., Abbadie, L., Kremer, P., Clark, C. M., Palmer, M. I., and Pernini, K. (2017): Urban ecosystems and biodiversity. In C. Rosenzweig, W. Solecki, P. Romero-Lankao, S. Mehrotra, S. Dhakal, and S. Ali Ibrahim (eds.), Climate Change and Cities: Second Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network. Cambridge University Press.

Santiago Fink, H. (2016): Human-Nature for Climate Action: Nature-Based Solutions for Urban Sustainability; in: Sustainability. 8(3), 254



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