After 20 Months into the project, all INTERLACE partners met for the first in-person Consortium Meeting in Punta Leona, Costa Rica from 9 to 11 May 2022. More than 50 people attended different interactive sessions over the course of three days to discuss key processes and products of the project.
Sessions included a city exchange where space was given to city representatives to discuss joint challenges and implementation approaches related to the NBS in their respective cities. In another session, the role of city networks in the project was examined, looking specifically at ways of disseminating and validating INTERLACE products through these networks.
The event was followed by a field visit of different urban ecosystem restoration sites in the CBIMA municipalities in San José on 12 May. On 13 May, more than 100 mayors, practitioners, researchers and representatives of city networks attended the first regional Cities Talk Nature Engagement Event in Costa Rica to foster nature-based solutions in Latin American cities.