29/04/2024 News News

Get involved with upcoming cities science-based targets for nature

In 2023, the Science Based Targets Network announced the launch of a program to develop cities-focused science-based targets for nature. We expect initial guidance for cities to be available in 2025.

Safeguarding our natural habitats and resources is pivotal for maintaining a livable planet for humankind. Key to this is building livable cities where vibrant communities can thrive. By setting meaningful and actionable targets for nature, cities can pave the way for flourishing economies and healthier citizens.

Advancing the scope to include cities, alongside companies, the new cities’ science-based targets for nature program’s first objective is to build holistic guidance on existing frameworks that can help cities navigate the best target setting methodologies.

We need your input

The objective of the Program is to develop guidelines for setting science-based targets for nature and provide an accessible methodology for cities to implement and take action.

The expertise of city officials and frontline practitioners is indispensable in this endeavor. We invite you to collaborate with us by providing insights, validation, and feedback to ensure the on-the-ground perspective and experience is integrated in the development of meaningful, feasible and actionable target guidelines.

We are seeking involvement of cities in two key engagement points:

1. Kick-Off Cities Engagement
This event has now passed. On May 16 2024 city practitioners and participants joined SBTN for a presentation of program objectives, approach and initial outcomes, and assessments of existing nature frameworks.

Watch the webinar recording: Part 1 and Part 2

Download presentation slides

2. Workshop – Nature SBTs for Cities: Opportunities, Challenges, and Lessons Learned
June 4, 2024
Time: 14:00-16:00 (GMT+2)
Location: Hybrid – Online + live in Berlin (Liane-1, Karl-Marx-Strasse 17, 12043 Berlin)
Agenda: Delve deeper into aligning program outcomes with current city needs, addressing questions, and sharing insights.


The Cities’ science-based targets for nature program is set to unfold over a 18-month period until spring 2025, at which point initial guidance for cities will be available.

It is a collaborative effort with some of the world’s leading cities networks, research institutions, and advisory organizations focused on cities: CDP, WWF, WRI, C40, ICLEI, IUCN, Durham University, TNC, and Arup. At the heart of the consortium, Metabolic and Urban Biodiversity Hub will act as core delivery partners.