Connecting Nature and the coordination Platform Think Nature are pleased to jointly host the H2020 Clustering Action “Towards a reference framework for sustainable urban regeneration and wellbeing with nature-based solutions” which takes place from 16th -18th May 2018, in the University of A Coruna (Spain).
The event will bring together representatives from the European Commission and other international institutions dealing with the funding, monitoring and evaluation of nature-based solutions, such as the United Nations Environment Programme, the European Investment Bank or the European Environmental Agency. The other H2020 funded projects Urban GreenUP, GROW GREEN, and UNALAB will also be present. Pioneer cities, public institutions, green businesses, financial institutions, civil society, media and culture organisations and researchers will come together for a lively debate on a diversity of urban experiments and to share the lessons learnt.
The Clustering Action will focus on 3 main themes:
• Sustainable Urbanization in Cities and Restoration of Degraded Ecosystems. Critically reviewing the lessons learnt from the practical implementation of nature-based solutions in cities and distilling what is best practice in achieving more liveable and resilient cities through nature-based solutions.
• Towards a reference framework for thriving cities with nature-based solutions. How the latest developments on monitoring, evaluating and data gathering can contribute to make the evidence on the comparative advantage of these interventions stronger.
• Enhancing innovation potential through new governance and business models for nature-based solutions. Focusing more on the management side of nature-based solutions, and the role these new approaches may play in upscaling the multiple benefits of this type of interventions.
The event will adopt the highly dynamic and interactive format of a pressure cooker, with guiding questions and specific outcomes prepared for each day aimed at maximising learning and exchange among participants.
Discussions, sharing of experiences and showcasing activities will have an equal share in this event, which will gather together leading experts and practitioners with a view to systematise evidence on how the multifunctionality of nature-based solutions can be used to improve our cities' liveability in face of climate change. In parallel a fair will be organised where cities and other green businesses and initiatives will be invited to present their nature-based solution experiences publicly.
Conference registration will open on 1st March.
16th - 18th May 2018
University of A Coruna - Spain