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The Symbiotic Cities Network is an open network of urban planners, architects, engineers, ecologists and economists. Our mission is to convene discussion, connect individuals and organizations, and initiate projects and explorations to develop ideas that will help facilitate our species’ transition from its current pathological parasitic relationship with the planet towards a regenerative, mutualistic, and symbiotic relationship with the natural systems that support life on earth. The network of contributors to this website aim to explore new ideas in regenerative urban planning, design, engineering technology, and policy which both recognize that we are dependent on, and embedded within our environment, and provide possible opportunities for our cities to become positive rather than negative ecological contributors..



Our Mission is an open, not-for-profit network of planners, urban designers, architects, designers, engineers, and landscape architects whose mission is to develop creative, practical, and implementable planning and design strategies that help increase the capacity for resilience of our communities and cities to the future shocks and stresses associated with climate change, environmental degradation, resource shortages, in the context of global population growth and migration. >>> See more about our mission

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Community and Ecosystem Resilience in North America CEC Workshop

Jul, 10 2012 7:09 PM
by Craig Applegath

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) held a very successful workshop over the past couple of days. It's goal was to provide citizens from Canada, Mexico and the USA, NGOs, government and academics to come together to discuss how individual communities across North America are tackling environmental challenges and how policymakers are working to support their efforts.

I will shortly post some of the key findings and photos from the workshop facilitated by The Moment. The final output of the session will be a "book" of resilience guidelines, strategies and approaches. You should also be able to find them posted on sometime later this week.

What stood out most in my mind about this workshop was the thoughtfulness of the participants, and the very high quality of the presentations, and most importantly, the high quality of resilience strategies and approaches developed by the "expert" work groups over the two days.


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