Maria Andrzejewska, Director of the UNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre, was a panellist at the event organized on February 4th by the Veolia Poland Foundation and the School of Leaders Foundation.

The main theme of the conference was the role that cities (including Polish ones) can play in actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions - as well as ways in which they can adapt to changes in the environment that already occur due to the rising average global temperature.

During her speech, Andrzejewska emphasized the importance of the overall approach to sustainable urban development - the role of green and blue infrastructure, providing a range of ecosystem services and creating rest areas for people and development possibilities for local flora and fauna.

The director of the Centre also underlined the role of education of the residents themselves. It contributes to increasing their awareness of environmental factors affecting the quality of life in cities.

The event brought together a number of decision-makers from the public and private sectors, opinion leaders and local government officials who exchanged knowledge and experience in building resilient cities.

Issues related to the state of the environment include the extensive thermal modernization of buildings, the development of e-mobility and the implementation of a well thought out spatial policy.

Supporting local leaders of change, stimulating the development of social capital and a sense of community also play an important role.

Veolia Poland Foundation is a member of the SDGs Partnership "Together for the environment" coordinated by the UNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre.