Join us for an exciting 3 day event filled with a combination of inspirational talks, discussions, sharing of experiences and showcasing activities with content organised around three themes:

1) Sustainable Urbanisation in Cities and Restoration of Degraded Ecosystems

2) Robust assessment of NBS impacts: creating the evidence base to inform urban policy - making

3) Enhancing innovation potential through new governance and funding models for nature - based solutions

The interactive sessions will provide a platform for cities, SME's, civil society organisations and the research community to share insights on the challenges and opportunities in using nature-based solutions to tackle environmental, social and health problems European cities face.  Several European innovation projects such as Connecting Nature, Think Nature, Urban GreenUP, GROW GREEN and UNALAB will showcase their demonstration actions of large scale design, implementation and evaluation of nature-based solutions.  

The event brings together over 150 delegates, including 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 and the European Environmental Agency.  Around 50 European cities, together with public and financial institutions, green businesses, and other leading civil society and media organisations will come together for a lively debate on the promising urban experiments, in order to exchange their experiences, discuss their challenges and identify synergies for joint pathways to sustainable, resilient and healthy cities in Europe.

    why should you take part?

    for cities

    Join the sessions as a participant: Come and join the lively interactive sessions as a participant and ensure your city plays a part in this European Dialogue on nature-based solutions.  Download your invitation here and register your attendance here.

    Poster presentation: We encourage you to present one or several nature-based solutions your city has designed  and / or implemented in a poster presentation format.  Download the instructions and poster template here.

    Join the Nature-Based Expo and Pitch Battle:  Come and network with the exciting innovative nature-based enterprises and SME's providing solutions to European cities.  Vote for what you consider to be the most relavent solution for your city in the NBE Pitch Battle running during the event.



    Participating Cities


    A Coruna, Spain                Nicosia, Cyprus                                        Poznan, Poland                              Paris, France

    Tampere, Finland             Glasgow, United Kingdom                     Genk, Belgium                               

    Malaga, Spain                   Regensburg, Germany                            Stavanger, Norway

    Tbilisi, Georgia                  Bologna, Italy                                           Karlova Ves, Bratislava

    Ioannina, Greece              Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina      Prague, Czech Republic



    for nature - based enterprises and SME's

    Are you a 

    • Nature-based enterprise providing specific nature-based solutions for towns and cities e.g. green infrastructure, ‘nature-based’ waste and water management solutions,
    • SME providing services to cities when creating and drafting plans to implement nature- based solution programmes in their cities e.g. GIS mapping; collaborative planning;
    • Business providing products, services or solutions that create resilient cities

    Would you like a once off opportunity to engage directly with decision makers from European cities and showcase your innovative solutions?  If so take part in our Nature - Based Enterprise Expo.  Applications close on 27th April.  

    NBE Pitch Battle: Be one of the 12 companies selected to pitch your nature-based solution to city managers from all over Europe in a fun, quick-fire pitch battle.  5 minutes to answer 3 questions and tell us why you're the best!  

    Join the sessions as a participant: Come and join the lively interactive sessions as a participant and ensure your NBE plays a part in this European Dialogue on nature-based solutions.  Register your attendance here.

    register now and ensure:

    • Privileged access to multiple European cities with potential to initiate strategic partnerships along with increased visibility and access to new markets
    • Exhibition space to organise business meetings with relevant business counterparts based on your company profile
    • Profile included in online catalogue & also in conference pack
    • Pitching opportunity in front of key decision makers from cities, researchers and European Commission officials
    • ‘Most promising NBE 2018’ Award and a platform for the winner to pitch their business at the final event plenary
    • Media exposure
    • Network with city managers and planners, researchers and business advisers
    • Access to all sessions of the event itself which addresses to innovative approaches linked to nature-based solutions


    businesses taking part in the expo

    BioAzul                              Osmos                    Oppla

    SUDS- Atlantis                  Geographic            Helix Pflanzen und Pflanzensysteme

    Alchemia - Nova               ARUP


    for early stage career researchers

    As part of the event, we are hosting a short session which is first and foremost aimed at bringing together those early career researchers who are studying nature-based solutions. Nature-based solutions in cities have the potential to employ many people and have even more potential to become new enterprises or grow existing ones. So, as we gather in A Coruña, and as we listen to the cities and SME's from many projects and regions of Europe discuss the potential for nature-based solutions, let us also see where early career professionals can fit into this arena and how it can benefit you from an academic or a practitioner point of view.  

    More info here.


    The event agenda is being updated constantly as new speakers join our panels.  The latest agenda is available on the link below.

    Download the agenda.


    All delegates must register in advance.  Please register your attendance using this link 


    16th - 18th May 2018



    Cantón Grande, 9, A Coruña. 

    travel and accommodation

    Information on travel to and accommodation in A Coruna can be accessed here

    A Google Map with all of the main venues, airports and accommodation can be downloaded here

    any questions?

    Technical Secretariat

    Isabel Lema Blanco (Researcher - People-Environment Research Group)


    Phone:+34 881 011 882

    NBE Expo and Pitch Battle

    Isobel Fletcher (Senior Project Manager - Horizon Nua)


    Phone:  +353 1 493 5942