Generation Regeneration: UNEP is looking to fund up to 10 model cities to start or expand their local ecosystem restoration efforts

In May of 2023, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) issuedg a Call For Proposals for cities interested in starting or scaling-up local ecosystem restoration efforts.

This call for proposals is part of a global project called Generation Restoration, funded by the Federal German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

It seeks to engage with eight pilot cities that will be selected for project funded catalytic grants ($50.000-100.000 USD) to make the case, develop innovative policy approaches, and initiate implementation of urban ecosystem restoration and nature-based solutions implementation.

UNEP is also looking for 5-10 role model cities to help us strengthen advocacy at global level under the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, participate in knowledge exchanges and work with pilot cities to kickstart their efforts on urban nature.

The project duration is 21 months, starting in December 2023 and ending in September 2025.

The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030, led by UNEP, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and its partners, covers terrestrial as well as coastal and marine ecosystems.

As a global call to action, it draws together political support, scientific research and financial muscle to massively scale up restoration.

Interested in joining Generation Restoration?

The first step is to watch the recording of the info session.

Then read the frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions, please reach out to

To apply as a role model city, express your interest via an email to by June 30, 2023.

To apply for a pilot project, fill the project proposal and budget template (available here in English, French, Portuguese or Spanish) and send them with a letter of support from the Mayor, City Council, Governor or equivalent to by June 30, 2023.

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