Platform of Cities Ecosystems

Source of Action
World Urban Forum
2022 - 2025
Last Updated
27 March 2023


The Urban Ecology Lab proposes a research project in a partnership with the Council of Architecture and Urbanism of Santa Catarina (CAU/SC) through a collaboration agreement between the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) and CAU/SC. Its main objective is to organize a multidisciplinary network of researchers through a platform that fosters the resilience of cities in the Santa Catarina State, and in the future, of Brazil, based on a systemic and transdisciplinary approach to environmental regeneration associated with ensuring quality of life and reducing inequalities. This wide network of researchers linked to universities, technical entities and public agents should encourage the production, organization, systematization and monitoring of data related to urban dynamics – socioeconomic and environmental – of cities in Santa Catarina and in the future in Brazil. The initial studies for the Platform listed 14 preliminary thematic axes to support integrated solutions for projects and proposals for urban space. The 14 preliminary thematic axes are: water; community; consumption and disposal; economy; ecosystems; education; energy; equity; governance; mobility; housing; health and wellness; natural soil; and environmental vulnerability. The collaborative platform should allow the connection with other networks, observatories and platforms, and will consist of scientific, technical and other publications prepared by civil society, systematized at the intersection between the broad thematic axes, and that demonstrate the potential of contributions that associate positive impacts on several of these areas simultaneously. The proposal aims to assist local municipalities to develop urbanization plans that promotes a synergy among several governmental areas, usually fragmented, sharing mutual benefits. Therefore, the impact is measured by the implementation of such changes in their urbanization plans.

Outcomes and Impacts

Increased and equal access to basic services, sustainable mobility and public space (most indicators at outcome level measure institutional outcome), Increased and secure access to land and adequate and affordable housing, Effective settlements growth and regeneration, Improved spatial connectivity and productivity of cities and regions, Increased and equitably distributed locally generated revenues, Expanded deployment of frontier technologies and innovations for urban development, Reduced greenhouse emissions and improved air quality, Improved resource efficiency and protection of ecological assets, Effective adaptation of communities and infrastructure to climate change, Enhanced social integration and inclusive communities, Improved living standards and inclusion of migrants, refugees, internally displaced persons and returnees through effective crisis response and recovery, Enhanced resilience of the built environment and infrastructure, Resilience, Safety

Lead Entity

Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

Key Dates

Start year: 3/1/2022

Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 1 - End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Goal 2 - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Goal 3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Goal 4 - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Goal 5 - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Goal 6 - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Goal 7 - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Goal 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Goal 9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Goal 10 - Reduce inequality within and among countries

Goal 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Goal 12 - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Goal 13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Goal 14 - Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Goal 15 - Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Goal 16 - Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

Goal 17 - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development