Innovation Observatory for Sustainable Cities (IOSC)

Publicado: 29 Marzo 2021
Última edición: 29 Marzo 2021
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The Innovation Observatory for Sustainable Cities (Observatório de Inovação para Cidades Sustentáveis, in Portuguese) is an initiative within the scope of CITinova, a multilateral project carried out by the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations (MCTI), with support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implementation of the United Nations Environment Program (UN Environment). It acts as a collaborative platform for mapping and disseminating innovative urban solutions contextualized to the Brazilian national territory through city-regions typologies.


The objective is to connect public managers, civil society, companies, entrepreneurs and universities in favour of the urban agenda, creating alternatives for the transition of cities, especially the Brazilian ones, towards sustainability. To this end, this Observatory prepared a bank of solutions for sustainable cities, a map of typologies and a bank of co-creators (solution providers).







Escala de aplicación
Area-wide development
Buildings and facilities
Connective infrastructure, networks and corridors
Ecosistema urbano
Humedal urbano
Techos verdes / muros verdes
Áreas verdes (parques, jardines, bosque urbano)
Ciudades e infraestructuras
Planificaión urbana
Urban and Disaster Risk Management
City management, governance and finance
Sustainable urban infrastructure and services
Territorial and spatial development
Gestión ineficaz de los recursos financieros
Desarrollo de Infraestructura
Falta de capacidad técnica
Falta de conciencia del público y de los responsables de la toma de decisiones
Falta de infraestructura
Objectivos de Desarrollo Sostenible
ODS 6 - Agua limpia y saneamiento
ODS 7 - Energía asequible y no contaminante
ODS 9 - Industria, innovacióne e infraestructura
ODS 11 - Ciudades y comunidades sostenibles
ODS 12 - Producción y consumo responsables
Enfoques para el compromiso empresarial
Compromiso directo con una empresa
Compromiso directo con asociaciones
Indirecto a través de instituciones financieras
Indirecto a través del gobierno


Edifício Parque Cidade Corporate, SCS Qd. 9, Lt. C, Brasília, Federal District 70719, Brazil

Impactos positivos

Solutions are divided into six different themes: low carbon mobility and access to the city; renewable, decentralized and efficient energy; low carbon and social interest built environment; solid waste and efficient treatment; water and sanitation; and nature-based solutions.


As the Observatory's objective is to connect public managers established in Brazilian municipalities with solutions engaged in responding to local socio-environmental challenges, the local governments can benefit, when having access to a bank of solutions, from finding different arrangements and possibilities to address previously identified issues, in addition to learning about successful experiences in similar geographical and socio-economic contexts. It is even possible to establish contact with those responsible for the execution and implementation of solutions.


In this sense, as it is characterized as a facilitating tool for decision making, the Observatory brings as economic benefits the reduction of costs of implementing the necessary actions to minimize the effects of negative environmental impacts. Regarding social and environmental benefits, we can consider them as intrinsic to the solutions and cases present on the platform.






Contribuido por

Cidades Sustentáveis Centro de Gestão e Estudos Estratégicos