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Co-Beneficial Adaptations: A Workshop on How Cities Can Integrate Wildlife into Local Climate Policy

August 9, 2023, 12:00 pm1:30 pm EDT

By invitation only.

Rapid urbanization and climate change present complex challenges for cities. As urban centers continue to grow and climate risks worsen, it becomes essential for cities to adopt measures for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing resilience. At the same time, many cities are thinking about how to protect the wide variety of living organisms and habitats that exist in and around dense urban areas. This presents an opportunity for cities to consider how local climate interventions might be adapted to provide co-benefits to urban wildlife and ecosystems. Indeed, experts increasingly accept that human, animal, and environmental health are intrinsically linked. By integrating the needs of urban wildlife and ecosystems into local climate policy, cities can create a more sustainable and harmonious future for all.

This workshop will bring together experts from a diverse range of fields to discuss policies, strategies and other measures that cities can employ to adapt their infrastructure and landscapes to respond to growing climate threats, while also making our urban spaces more hospitable to animals. The goal of this workshop is to identify a set of promising local interventions that have the potential to generate co-benefits for humans and nonhumans alike.


An agenda, discussion questions, and list of participants will be circulated in the coming weeks. Please refer to this page for updates.


This workshop is part of a collaborative project between a multi-disciplinary team of ethics, legal and medical experts from New York University, NYU School of Law, and NYU Grossman School of Medicine aimed at better understanding how cities and other local governments can include animal welfare considerations in their environmental policies and decision-making processes. 


August 9, 2023
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm EDT
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Virtual Webinar


Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law
NYU Wild Animal Welfare Program
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