The World Environmental Hubs (WEH) is a framework for evaluating and certifying cities and regions which place environmental sustainability, biodiversity, and ecosystem services at the heart of urban and regional development strategies.
Population growth and urban expansion have increased the challenge of ensuring that citizens have access to basic needs such as food, water, and energy, and are protected from more frequent and intense natural disasters resulting from climate change. The aim of this global initiative is to demonstrate how cities and regions can use nature to tackle these challenges, and show that investing in nature can contribute to economic prosperity and social well-being. WEH gives recognition to cities and regions which have demonstrated their commitment to biodiversity conservation, and establishes a global framework for exchange and dissemination of best practices to facilitate the transition towards sustainable and resilient urban societies.
The WEH initiative is led by IUCN and the government of Jeju Special Self-Governing Province.