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Transnational Governance and the Urban Politics of Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Change

Tozer, Laura; Bulkeley, Harriet; Xie, Linjun

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Laura Tozer

Linjun Xie


Multiple visions for how urbanism can respond to the climate crisis and foster sustainability have emerged on the international agenda, including the ecocity, low-carbon city, smart city, and resilient city. These competing visions have been joined by one deploying “nature-based solutions.” We examine how nature-based solutions are emerging as a linchpin holding together the nature and climate agendas and what this means for where and by whom nature-based solutions are forming part of transnational urban governance. We argue that this field is animated by four frames connecting urban nature and climate: nature for resilience, nature for mitigation, the integrated benefits of nature, and nature first. Diverse actors, from conservation organizations to design firms to transnational municipal networks, draw on these frames and adopt new governance arrangements such that what it means to govern climate in the city is shifting. How this emerging nature–climate governance complex is structured will generate new momentum for governing urban nature over the coming decade.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Apr 21, 2022
Publication Date 2022-08
Deposit Date May 20, 2022
Publicly Available Date May 20, 2022
Journal Global Environmental Politics
Print ISSN 1526-3800
Electronic ISSN 1536-0091
Publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 22
Issue 3
Pages 81-103
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This is the author's final accepted version, which has been accepted for publication in Global Environmental Politics.

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