Connecting Nature Enterprise Summit Poznań 2021

Connecting Nature Enterprise Summit  Poznań 2021

The Summit is now over and an event report will be issued shortly.  You can view the programme, watch recordings of each of the sessions and access presentations using the links on the left.

Summit Testimonials

Deborah Cooper: “The highlight for me is simply seeing how many innovative and positive projects there are around the world. It's been a massive inspiration as well as a fantastic opportunity to learn and network. Thank you.”

Pinaki Dasgupta: “Thanks to everyone who made these two days knowledgeable, inspiring and interesting. It was also a learning experience joining from Delhi, India and hearing about the significant change through NBE using NBS. Much appreciated.”

Tamas Gabor Palfy: “It feels like one of the best bits was seeing people and their story of their NBE creation project and large EU initiatives on the same event. Thank you, largely informative sessions and super organization and company on this event. Thank you, really inspiring.”

Roisin Byrne:  “The highlight was seeing the wonderful collaboration and work of the creation and the development of the White paper. That the EC is responding and leading on our global transition to harmony with nature and that we will be co-creating solutions. Well done everyone who has worked to prepare all the work and joined the summit to share their experience at different levels. NBS from niche to norm indeed.”

Yves Zieba: “ The introduction to Horizon Europe was great, the live stage and individual sessions as well. The Expo part is great to register interest!”

Stuart Connop:  “It was really inspiring to see the Nature-based Enterprises pushing the boundaries in developing and delivering nature-based solutions. So many inspiring concepts and ideas with the potential to deliver a very bright (and green/blue) future. As a new member of the NBE world, it is great to see the support, networks, and opportunities out there!"



As countries and cities adapt to living with Covid-19 and implement recovery strategies they have been presented an opportunity to build back better and to use innovative solutions. The move to build back better has created enormous potential for nature and nature -based enterprises to be the engine for sustainable economic and jobs growth.

The Summit explored the challenges and opportunities facing nature-based enterprises; cities, communities, policy makers and developers. Highlights from the programme included:

  • Policy Dialogue: Realising the potential of the nature-based economy. A high-level panel of policymakers debated findings and recommendations of a new draft White Paper on the Nature-Based Economy.  A consultation process on the draft White Paper has now been launched and the paper along with recommendations may be viewed on the Network Nature website.  You are  invited to contribute to the consultation process which is open until 10th September.

  • Community workshops: Led by industry leaders from sustainable agriculture, forestry to green infrastructure and smart technology, we met the innovators in our nature-based enterprise communities.

  • Horizon Europe funding for NBS: a dedicated session on funding topics related to nature-based solutions in the first calls of Horizon Europe

  • Capacity building sessions: a series of workshops addressed common challenges from public procurement, scaling of nature-based enterprises, IPR protection and more.

  • #pitchatpoznan: Fast paced live pitches from nature- based enterprises and innovators as they pitched their products and services in 3 minutes flat!

The summit  was co-hosted by Miasto Poznan – Poznan City Hall and the Connecting Nature Enterprise Platform, an innovation of the H2020 Connecting Nature project.