This session focuses on past and present European projects on urban green infrastructure and nature-based solutions come together to reflect on and showcase activities in cities, by businesses and in the research arena and outline steps towards a (realistic) greener future in European cities.
The session is led by Nature4Cities, NATURVATION and CONNECTING Nature, with support from Think Nature
Input 1 | Experiences and lessons learned from previous projects | GreenInUrbs Dr Carlo Calfapietra Institute of Agro-Environmental & Forest Biology (IBAF), National Research Council (CNR)
Input 2 | EKLIPSE Framework Report NBS | Connecting H2020 Projects Dr Mihai-Răzvan Niță University of Bucharest and Centre for Environmental Research and Impact Studies
Input 3 | 1,000 Case Studies from 100 European Cities | NATURVATION Database Prof László Pintér Central European University and the IISD
2.10 – 2.30 | Introduction to the five H2020 Story Corners on the main stage
2.30 – 3.30 | The diversity of activities on nature-based solution in Europe, through five H2020 Story Corners with stakeholders from city authorities, businesses and the research community
Story Corner 1 | Can nature-based solutions deliver what we hope for? Looking at what has been done in cities and ways of assessing nature-based solutions
Nature4Cities Flóra Szkordilisz MUTK Hungarian Urban Knowledge Centre, and NATURVATION Attila Katona EIT Climate-KIC and PhD at CEU | Detailed presentation of NATURVATION’s database of over 1,000 nature-based solutions, and Nature4Cities indicator catalogue to help assess the impact of nature-based solutions and their applicability
Story Corner 2 | What can we do better in implementing nature-based solutions? Reflections and recommendations from work so far
EKLIPSE Dr Mihai-Răzvan Niță University of Bucharest and Centre for Environmental Research and Impact Studies, and GreeninUrbs Carlo Calfapietra Institute of Agro-Environmental & Forest Biology (IBAF), National Research Council (CNR) | Lessons learnt from studying and implementing nature-based solutions across Europe.
Story Corner 3 | Off to new adventures! Exploring the next generation of European nature-based solutions projects
CONNECTING Nature Dr Marcus Collier Trinity College Dublin and TURAS Mobile Green Living Room, and Lilit Khachatryan Center for Ecological-Noosphere Studies Armenia | Eleven cities taking the lead in developing and implementing nature-based solutions with the support of researchers.
Story Corner 4 | How can we make nature-based solutions happen? Cities, businesses and researchers share their way of realising nature-based solutions together
ICLEI Europe Alice Reil and Holger Robrecht | Opportunities and challenges of joining forces to find and implement the ‘right’ nature-based solutions locally.
Story Corner 5 | Wellbeing in cities through nature-based solutions: is it possible to improve? Is it possible to measure?
‘Harvest’ and Q&A