Connecting Nature Summit Series - Innovation Summit

The summit will now take place virtually rather than in Glasgow but we’d still like you to experience a bit of Glasgow culture: the host city of the UN COP26 in Nov 2021.

Visit our virtual host city of Glasgow 

This event is now closed 

Over three days in March the Innovation Summit brought together an international audience to explore how we shift to sustainable, greener cities that deliver for their citizens using nature-based solutions.  The community of cities involved in Connecting Nature shared their learnings and introduced the innovative tools and methods being developed through the project.

We are facing huge, unprecedented problems: a global pandemic, climate change and an ecological emergency. As countries and cities adapt to living with Covid-19 and implement recovery strategies they have been presented with a unique opportunity:  an opportunity to build back better and to use innovative solutions to do so. Building a strong city ecosystem using nature-based solutions that support society, nature and economic growth is key but it will be challenging to build.

The Summit  showcased exemplar projects from across Europe with a focus on Glasgow and Scotland. It demonstrated methods being developed collaboratively by Connecting Nature partners to realise the co-benefits of nature in cities.

The Summit content was designed around the following themes:

Day 1 Reducing the risks – nature-based solutions for biodiversity, climate change mitigation and adaptation, water management and extreme weather events.

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Day 2 Healing sick cities  - nature-based solutions for health, wellbeing, place-based planning, human scale, food growing and food provision.

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Day 3 Routes to recovery – nature-based solutions for a green recovery from the economic recession following Covid-19, nature-based skills, employability and enterprise.

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Hosted on a virtual platform with panel discussions, presentations, workshops and opportunities to connect with other delegates, encouraging learning and dialogue between cities, academics, community organisations, environmental businesses, NGOs and third sector organisations.

This free event was co-hosted by greenspace scotland and Glasgow City Council and was supported by Climate Alliance, Horizon Nua and Trinity College Dublin.