Session 9 | Delivering nature in cities

11.30 | Delivering nature in cities – what are the priorities and how is ecology and biodiversity kept at the forefront of conversations?

  • Dominic Regester Salzburg Global Seminar IUCN Partner | The Parks for Planet Program: health benefits especially for children
  • Rostislav Dvořák LIKO-S a.s. | Let’s cool the earth and make cities a place for nature

The LIKO-noe project by LIKO-S, Czech Republic

Planet earth is warming up. Everybody is talking about greenhouse gas emissions, but there is another problem – water is missing in nature. When water in vegetation evaporates it works like an air-conditioning unit, reducing high temperatures.

However, because of the way we build and develop, there is less and less vegetation, especially in cities, increasing the temperatures in urban environments. The Liko-Noe project shows how nature-based solutions in design can help avoid this problem into the future.

  • Dr Gyongyver Kadas The Kadas Green Roof Ecology Research Center | Biodiversity on Green Roofs: London (cool and wet) – Israel (hot and dry)

Green roofs in the past decade(s) have slowly started to establish in our cities and became part of the building design. While green roofs make our rooftops greener how do they contribute to the biodiversity in our cities? How can we design green roofs to maximise species richness and to minimise the loss of biodiversity of brownfield habitats, which are replaced by new-built? How does climate and design affect the biodiversity of our green roofs? Case studies from London and Israel examine how these issues can be addressed and put into good practise.

  • Péter Dezsenyi Deep Forest Landscape, Hungary | Green infrastructure and multinationals – private UGI investment in urban biodiversity

Natural based solutions in cities are initiated by various stakeholders. However, one of the biggest potential is to cooperate with large corporates – development companies, manufacturers, or even retail chains.

How to convince them to pay the extra attention and cost? How to handle unrealistic expectations? What are the common mistakes to avoid? And finally, how to make sure, that they are maintained appropriately, so they last beyond establishment period? We seek for the right answers through some exciting NBS projects in cooperation with Skanska, Lego and Ikea.

  • Anna Waibel Municipality of Vorarlberg, Austrian Institute of Ecology | Nature diversity in the municipality – a prizewinning programme by the state of Vorarlberg, Austria

Nature diversity in the municipality (Photo: Anna Waibel)

The programme supports municipalities during a process of increasing and preserving their local nature diversity with a focus on ecological settlement development.

The main goals are bringing together the basic needs of humans, plants and animals, developing good examples and experiments and taking action together.

We reach that goals by cooperation’s and dialogues with players from different spheres of life and economic sectors. A common learning culture as well as creative and emotional approaches are the keystones of our success – we are working with the available energy and joy. Examples for our achievements are proudly presented at EUGIC2017 – stay curious!

Project partners:

  • State of Vorarlberg, Austria
  • Pulswerk GmbH, the consulting firm of the Austrian Ecology-Institute
  • 33 municipalities in Vorarlberg
  • Team of 7 nature diversity-advisors
  • Umweltverband Vorarlberg (Environmental Association Vorarlberg)

Panel discussion and Q&A