GPSC Global Online Series. Growing Greener: Venturing to Reconnect with Urban Biodiversity


Mar 04, 2021


09:00 AM



The Global Platform for Sustainable Cities (GPSC) is organizing a monthly online series focusing on project implementation throughout the Sustainable Cities Integrated Approach Pilot program of the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
“Asunción Green City of the Americas - Pathways to Sustainability” is a project that is part of the GPSC and is led by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADES) and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with financing from GEF and a national counterpart. The project seeks to improve the quality of life in Asunción and its Metropolitan Area by achieving sustainable and resilient cities through integrating mobility and transport, managing solid waste and green areas, and implementing disaster risk reduction strategies. 
The speakers will showcase how Asunción’s metropolitan area has grown; though horizontal and expansive, it has been respectful of large green areas. Asunción’s history and cultural appreciation of biodiversity has ensured this remainder of large green areas conserves a diverse presence of fauna and flora. However, modern urban growth has made a significant impact at the expense of available green spaces and affected the very cultural connection that Asunción has come to love.
During the session attendees will hear about the interesting species that are still preserved in Asunción’s metropolitan green areas and the main characteristics of the ecosystems. The speakers will focus on the project’s actions in biodiversity conservation and preservation of urban green areas as follows: (i) Habitat restoration at the “Banco San Miguel” ecological reserve and at “Parque Guasu Metropolitano” park; (ii) Strengthening urban forest nurseries with modern techniques to improve native species’ availability, increasing the quality and diversity of urban trees; and (iii) Promoting a green corridor in Asunción’s metropolitan area and improving management in green areas that comprise the green corridor.
Opening Remarks
Silvia Morimoto, Resident Representative in Paraguay, UNDP
Ariel Oviedo, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Paraguay
Irene Gauto, Technical Assistant, “Asunción Green City of the Americas – Pathways to Sustainability”
Guillermo González, Technical Specialist, Ministry of Public Works and Communications
Closing Remarks
Aloke Barnwal, Senior Climate Change Specialist and Coordinator-Sustainable Cities, Global Environment Facility
Language Interpretation
This online session will be hosted via Zoom and simultaneously interpreted between Spanish and English. Before the session, please be sure that your computer has the latest version of Zoom for the interpretation to function.
Irene Gauto. Biologist with several years of experience in conservation biology and environmental projects. Graduated from the Asuncion National University with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a master’s degree in Conservation Biology from Geneva University. Irene worked and performed trainings in botanical gardens and led ex situ conservation projects for globally threatened plants. Currently working at UNDP Paraguay as technical assistant for the project Asuncion green city of the Americas - pathways to sustainability. She is responsible of supporting local governments in the improvement of urban green areas´ management. 
Guillermo González. Environmental consultant for the Ministry of Public Works and Communications of Paraguay, has served as head of the Department of Environmental Impact Assessment at the same institution, and has participated in the implementation and improvement of the environmental management system. Guillermo studied biology at the University of Guadalajara (Mexico) and prior to joining the MOPC, he studied a master's degree in City and Environment at the Faculty of Architecture of the National University of La Plata (Argentina). He is currently a student of the master's degree of the UniTwin/UNESCO Chair Program of sustainable development of the Latin American Forum of Environmental Sciences.
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