Environmental Protection in Cities: Common Challenges and Innovative Solutions


The research project „Urban Environmental Protection International“ is weighting challenges to protect the environment at the urban level in Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa and Indonesia. The Wuppertal Institute conducts this research by order of the German Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt, UBA).

The aim of the research project is to provide a detailed overview of the importance of environmental issues in urban development in selected countries, and to link the respective knowledge with German approaches. On the one hand, the project searches innovative international approaches which could feed into UBA’s Research Agenda. On the other hand, it identifies areas in which the UBA could consult cities and countries how to strengten their activities to protect the environment at the urban level.

On 5 March 2020, the final conference of the project will take place in Berlin (Beletage Conference Centre) to present and discuss the findings. The final conference will address the need for action and solutions for urban environmental protection in the six countries and present transferability of innovative strategies. In addition, the conference will address the role of the local level for climate and environmental protection in the political multi-level system.

In addition to the research results of the Wuppertal Institute, the conference programme will include contributions from representatives of the partner countries who will present innovative solutions for urban environmental protection and their local context. Representatives of German politics and administration, associations and research institutions are cordially invited to participate in the conference to discuss international approaches to urban environmental protection and to reflect on impacts and scope for action for Germany.


Key PartnersKey ActivitiesValue PropositionCustomer RelationshipsCustomer Segments
Who are your key partners?
Who are your key suppliers?
Which key resources are we acquiring from our key partners?
Which key activities do our key partners perform?

Which key activities do our value propositions require?
Our distribution channels?
Customer relationships?
Revenue streams?
What value do we deliver to our customers?
Which of our cusotomer's problems are we helping to solve?
What bundles of products and services are we offering to each customer segment?
Which customer needs are we satisfying?
Which type of relationship does each of our customer segments expect us to establish and maintain with them?
Which ones have we established?
How are they integrated with the rest of our business model?
How costly are they?
For whom are we creating value?
Who are our most important customers?
Key Resources

What key resources do our value propositions require?
Our distribution channels?
Customer relationships?
Revenue streams?

Through which channels do our customers want to be reached?
How are we reaching them now?
How are our channels integrated?
Which ones work best?
Which ones are most cost efficient?
How are they integrating with the customer routines?
Cost Structure

What are the most important costs inherent in our business model?
Which key resources are the most expensive?
Which key actvitiies are the most expensive?
Revenue Streams

For what value are our customer really willing to pay?
For what do they currently pay?
How are they currently paying?
How much would they prefer to pay?
How much does each revenue stream contributing to overall revenues?


This event has finished. You may contact frederic(dot)rudolph(at)wupperinst.org for more information.

For more information on the research project “Urban Environmental Protection in an International Context: Current State and Outlook” at the Wuppertal Institute, click here.

For more information on the Urban Environmental Protection research at the Umweltbundesamt (UBA), click here.


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