Placing Urban Ecosystems

PERU, Lima

Placing Urban Ecosystems – Nature-based Solutions for Landscape Restoration at a Neighbourhood Scale

PERU, Lima


In Lima, as in many other cities of the so-called Global South, there is a significant disconnection between people and nature. Factors such as colonization and rapid urban expansion have contributed to this. The neglect of environmental needs has led to issues like water scarcity, lack of green spaces, and river deterioration. Consequences of this disconnection were evident during the phenomenon “El Niño”, resulting in substantial material losses and destroyed houses.

To face the mentioned challenges, it is vital to recognize the value of local knowledge kept in the collective memory of space and people and implement resilient local strategies to foster the connection between humans and nature. Several initiatives in Lima and other cities aim to contribute to the SDG´s by eradicating poverty, conserving biodiversity, mitigating climate change, and improving livelihoods.

The MOOC “Placing Urban Systems – Nature-based Solutions for Landscape Restoration at a Neighborhood Scale” seeks to create awareness on natural restoration, enabling the recovery of natural areas and enhancing resilience against climate change-related disasters on a neighborhood scale. Through experiential learning, participants will be invited to explore and design solutions that can contribute to the conservation and restoration of the ecological balance in our cities.

SDG #11 Targets:


MOOC Open Access

Hosting platform: Coursera for Campus UPC
Status: MOOC currently in production phase

Lead Partner

Walter Juan Pablo Soto

Walter Juan Pablo Soto


Hannah Klug

Architecture, Urban Planning

José Cepero



Kiara Wong

Cooperation Partners

Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC), School of Design