Partner name

ICLEI – European Secretariat




Leopoldring 3, 79098 Freiburg, Germany


+49 761 36 89 2-0

Contact person

Philipp LaHaela Walter




Senior Officer, Biodiversity & Green Infrastructures


Partner description

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network working with more than 2500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development. Active in 125+ countries, we influence sustainability policy and drive local action for low emission, nature-based, equitable, resilient and circular development.

Partner involvement in the UPSURGE project

ICLEI will lead the establishment of the European Regenerative Urban Lighthouse, a consultancy service helping cities and other investors with the implementation of NBS considering all relevant aspects (e.g. social, financial, gender, trade-offs etc.). It will facilitate targeted NBS selection by investors for their specific problems and needs through the knowledge gained in UPSURGE and other projects and accumulated in the Urban Regenerative Development Clearinghouse as the Lighthouse’s knowledge centre.

Also, ICLEI will assess NBS and the innovative processes, practices and instruments developed within UPSURGE for scalability and consider them for standardization to support market uptake and international trade.