The research project „Urban Environmental Protection International“ is weighting challenges to protect the environment at the urban level in Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa and Indonesia. The Wuppertal Institute conducts this research by order of the German Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt, UBA).
The aim of the research project is to provide a detailed overview of the importance of environmental issues in urban development in selected countries, and to link the respective knowledge with German approaches. On the one hand, the project searches innovative international approaches which could feed into UBA’s Research Agenda. On the other hand, it identifies areas in which the UBA could consult cities and countries how to strengten their activities to protect the environment at the urban level. On 5 March 2020, the final conference of the project will take place in Berlin (Beletage Conference Centre) to present and discuss the findings. The final conference will address the need for action and solutions for urban environmental protection in the six countries and present transferability of innovative strategies. In addition, the conference will address the role of the local level for climate and environmental protection in the political multi-level system. In addition to the research results of the Wuppertal Institute, the conference programme will include contributions from representatives of the partner countries who will present innovative solutions for urban environmental protection and their local context. Representatives of German politics and administration, associations and research institutions are cordially invited to participate in the conference to discuss international approaches to urban environmental protection and to reflect on impacts and scope for action for Germany.