Meera Bhat is the director of North America Cities at The Nature Conservancy, where she oversees efforts to bring nature-based solutions to urban communities, natural systems and built environments. Her team works in a 24-city network across the country to advance conservation as essential component of healthy, just and resilient cities. Key aspects of her work include: working with local partners in low-income and vulnerable communities; creating tools for urban conservation practitioners that emphasize human well-being outcomes; and leveraging a diverse set of projects and partnerships in support of policy goals that put community well-being at the center of cities.
By Meera Bhat, Ensia
Access to the benefits nature provides — such as clean water, cool air and protection from flooding — should not be a luxury available to those who can afford it. It’s a right that goes to the core of human health and well-being.