Mantova, Italy

The European H2020 Nature-Based Solutions Projects launch the Cooperation Manifesto @ the first World Forum on Urban Forests in Mantua

The cluster of NBS projects funded by the H2020 programme will play an active role in the first World Forum on Urban Forests in Mantua, from the 28th of November to the 1st of December 2018

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Municipality of Mantova, the Italian Society of Silviculture and Forest Ecology (SISEF) and the Politecnico di Milano are ready to launch the 1st World Forum on Urban Forests. The title of the event is  “Changing the nature of cities: the role of urban forestry for a green, healthier and happier future”.

Representatives of the Cluster of the Nature-Based Solutions Projects are participating in different panels and open sessions as keynote speakers and in two dedicated events: the forum is the opportunity to seal the will and the need for a strong cooperation among NBS projects.

On November 29, the NBS Cluster, represented by the European Commission Senior Policy Officer Josefina Enfedaque, will take part in the plenary sessionNature Based Solutions and the present” with a speech on Transforming cities, enhancing well-being through nature-based solutions. The EU-led mission towards the urban green transformation.

A side event organized by the URBAN GreenUP project in collaboration with the NBS Cluster “Overcoming barriers and enhancing benefits of Nature Based Solutions“ will be held on November 30, with the participation of speakers from different NBS projects.

The event will be the occasion to launch the first Nature-Based Solutions Cooperation Manifesto, which aims to guide the adoption of NBS by other cities at world-wide level. It will be open for signature to the participants at the Forum in Mantua and any city, organization, or individual supporting the global effort to renature our cities, making them more liveable, sustainable and resilient to climate change, will have the possibility to sign the Manifesto online via the ThinkNature platform.

Below you can find all the details about the NBS Projects Cluster participation at the World Forum on Urban Forests.

Parallel Session - “Nature Based Solutions and The Present”

Thursday November 29 2018 - 15:00 - 16:30 @Teatro Sociale


Thami Croeser - RMIT (URBAN GreenUP)


  • Nadine Galle - Nature-based solutions: using geospatial big data for urban forestry quality assessments
  • Josefina Enfedaque (Senior Policy Officer @ European Commission) - Transforming cities, enhancing well-being through Nature-Based Solutions (NBS). The EU-led mission towards the urban green transformation
  • Alessio Fini - Nature based solutions to mitigate soil sealing in urban areas: Results from a 6-year study comparing permeable, porous, and impermeable pavements
  • Andrea Pianella - Green infrastructures and associated  policies improve urban sustainability: a case study in  Melbourne
  • Lars Briggs - Stormwater management and blue-green infrastructure for improved urban forests. Climate Change Adaptation in Cities - experience from Denmark and Poland
  • Theodore Endreny - Urban forest expansion is predicted to reduce the air temperature impacts of urban heat islands

Side Event - “Nature-Based Solutions: overcoming barriers, enhancing benefits”

Friday November 30, 2018 – 15.30 -17.00 @FondazioneUniverMantova – Aula Magna

Side event organized by the NBS Projects Cluster.

Launch of the first Nature-Based Solutions Cooperation Manifesto 

  • Raúl Sánchez (URBAN GreenUP's coordinator) introduces NBS Projects framework and the Manifesto
  • Intervention of Josefina Enfedaque (Senior Policy Officer @ European Commission)
  • Intervention of Adriana Nepote (Alderman for University, Research and Innovation, European Projects, Municipality of Mantova)

Official signatures

1 hour round table on benefits and barriers of Nature-Based Solutions

Participants in the round table will outline the different kinds of barriers to the implementation of Nature-Based Solutions (political, financial, legislative and social) and explore possible solutions.


Clare Olver - Mersey Forest (moderator – URBAN GreenUP)

The academic point of view:

Giorgio Vacchiano, researcher in Forestry Sciences at the University of Milan

Carlo Calfapietra - CNR (ProGIReg)

The technical expert:

Domenico Perfido – R2M (Nature4Cities)

The legislative expert:

Kaan Emir - Demir (URBAN GreenUP)

The polical expert:

Josefina Enfedaque (European Commission - Senior Policy Officer -Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services, Public Engagement in Nature-Based Solutions);

The social expert:

Thami Croeser - RMIT (URBAN GreenUP)

The financial & business expert:

Edoardo Croci - Bocconi (URBAN GreenUP)​​​​​​​

The replication expert:

David Struik (Think Nature)


The Nature-Based Solutions projects are funded by the European Commission Research and Innovation Framework Horizon 2020 and managed by EASME (Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises).