Amazon has announced a €3.75 million ($4.07 million) commitment to the Nature Conservancy (TNC) in support of efforts to mitigate climate change risks and increase species biodiversity in three German cities.
The first project outside the United States to be funded through Amazon's $100 million Right Now Climate Fund, the Urban Greening program will be launched initially in Berlin's Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf district. Learnings from the pilot will then be applied in two German cities yet to be selected and shared with other European cities over the course of the next five years. Working with city officials and local community organizations, TNC will develop and implement plans to mitigate flood risk through tree planting, the revitalization of urban wetlands, and improvements to existing green spaces; revitalize urban water bodies to mitigate heat island effects; and increase urban biodiversity through the introduction of pollinator-friendly species, climate-resilient plants, and grasslands that can thrive in urban environments.
In April, the Right Now Climate Fund awarded $10 million to the Nature Conservancy, the American Forest Foundation, and the Vermont Land Trust in support of efforts to conserve and restore forestlands and advance sustainable forestry and nature-based solutions to climate change in the Appalachian region.
"The Nature Conservancy and its municipal partners will apply a science-based approach to developing a model that can be applied more broadly across German and European cities," said Amazon Germany vice president and country director Ralf Kleber. "As the program progresses, we will measure the impacts to ensure that the actions result in tangible benefits to urban residents, such as more hectares of greened space, greater counts of wild bees and other pollinators, more cubic liters of storm water safely managed, and lower average surface temperatures."
"Our research shows that nature can offer cost-effective options for resilience in this changing environment," said Kerstin Pfliegner, the Nature Conservancy's country director for Germany. "We believe that cities play an important role to lead on climate action at the local level in the coming decades."
(Photo credit: Nature Conservancy)