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    Cecilia Herzog

    Cecilia Herzog is the president and co-founder of Inverde Institute, which aims to educate and raise public awareness about green infrastructure and the role of biodiversity and ecosystem services in cities to build resilience and lower the ecological footprint. She researches how different cities in the world have transformed their landscapes to support biodiversity, providing a better quality of life to people in harmony with nature. In the last four years, she has been determined to bring an ecological culture to the Brazilian urban scene through various means, such as promoting monthly lectures in various fields in Rio de Janeiro, lecturing in different cities and writing in Portuguese about bringing nature back to the cities. She has been working to change the local current trend of globalized modernist landscapes and the elimination of native biodiversity and wetlands. Among other projects, Cecilia is collaborating with the Environmental City Department to develop and support the Ecological Corridors planning for the city of Rio de Janeiro (Mosaico Carioca).

    October 22, 2015

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    A City That Is Blue, Green and Just All Over
    Cecilia Herzog, Rio de Janeiro

    Since humans settled about 10,000 years ago, we have significantly altered and explored the landscape to create the civilization we now have. The landscape has been a source of material and non-material resources, feeding us in all senses. Ecologically rich...

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    July 12, 2015

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    Landscape, Cities, and the Pope: a Shift for a Better Future?
    Cecilia Herzog, Rio de Janeiro

    I believe that urban landscape matters! The landscape in which one grows up, matures, and lives life may be the essential factor in determining the behavior towards and empathy with nature and with other people and their cultures. The landscape...

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    May 7, 2014

    Chart of the survey – in the Box the translation and percentages of different professional fields interested in Urban Ecology (note that Landscape Architecture is really inexpressive due to the lack of formal education in the area)
    Education, Communication and Mobilization: Is Urban Ecology the Way Forward for Urban Planning and Design in Brazilian cities?
    Cecilia Herzog, Rio de Janeiro

    Talking about biodiversity and nature in cities? If you do this in Brazil it will probably sound weird to a lot of educated people, including professionals and researchers on urban and ecological areas. And that’s exactly what I do most...

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    February 3, 2014

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    What are the social justice implications of urban ecology, and how can we make sure that “green cities” are not synonymous with “gentrified” or “exclusive” cities?
    Harini Nagendra, Bangalore
    Stephanie Pincetl, Los Angeles
    Jim Labbe, Portland
    Rebecca Bratspies, New York City
    PK Das, Mumbai
    Cecilia Herzog, Rio de Janeiro
    Charlie Nilon, Columbia
    Brian McGrath, New York City
    Xie Pengfei, Beijing

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    November 10, 2013

    “Jardin d´Éole” – Novo parque na zona norte da Cidade: ecossistema arenoso no lado direitor, com pequeno alagado construído na extrema direita. Photo: Cecilia Herzog
    People Take Over Nature in Cities with their Own Hands
    Cecilia Herzog, Rio de Janeiro

    Em Português. Urban food production is gaining momentum with launching of books, seminars and congresses, websites and social media. Some cities have programs to promote people-nature direct contact through vegetable gardens — common or in allotment gardens. Urban dwellers are becoming...

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    July 10, 2013

    São Paulo durante as manifestações na Avenida Paulista, o  centro econômico e financeiro da cidade visto de dentro da Horta do Ciclista trabalho do grupo de “Hortelões Urbanos” – cidadãos que estão preocupados com alimentação saudável e contato direto com a natureza. Crédito: Fernanda Danelon
    It Is Time to Really “Green” the Marvelous City
    Cecilia Herzog, Rio de Janeiro

    A versão em Português segue imediatamente. In my last TNOC article, I wrote about the city of Rio de Janeiro’s rich biodiversity and the huge transformations that the city is going through, boosted by the international events that are already...

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    December 2, 2012

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    A Green Dream to Counter “Greenwashing” in Brazilian Cities
    Cecilia Herzog, Rio de Janeiro

    I have always thought – I am really lucky because I live in a city with rich biodiversity that still remains in patches spread in the hills and close to the ocean. In spite of other problems we have, being...

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    July 10, 2012

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    Connecting the Wonderful Landscapes of Rio de Janeiro
    Cecilia Herzog, Rio de Janeiro

    (Nota: A versão em Português segue imediatamente.) The tropical urban landscapes of Rio de Janeiro, a city of 6.3 million inhabitants, are really impressive and unique. It is the outcome of five centuries of nature-human interaction. Last week UNESCO elected...

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