Public procurement – stimulating or stifling nature-based innovation? 

Date:                    03/02/2021

Time:                     16:00 CET

Venue:                 online on Zoom

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Nature-based solutions are increasingly recognised as a powerful tool to address diverse challenges facing our cities and regions – from degradation of natural capital and ecosystem services to vulnerability to pandemics, climate change and natural disasters.  The potential of nature-based enterprises to generate new innovations, jobs and wealth creation has also been recognised in the EU Green Deal and Recovery Plan.

Despite the clear case for investment, public procurement of nature-based solutions has emerged as one of the key challenges impeding wider take-up.  Join UNaLab and Connecting Nature on 3 February for a webinar on public procurement challenges and solutions. In this webinar, we bring together experts on public procurement with practitioners in cities and regions to unpick the challenges faced and hear about successful solutions that have been introduced.

We invite you to join us for this webinar and bring to the table your experience of public procurement challenges or solutions through the interactive polls and discussions during this event.


*Early registration is strongly advised to avoid disappointment. Registration will close as soon as maximum numbers reached.

Participants include:

  • Siobhan McQuaid, Associate Director of Innovation, Centre for Social Innovation, Trinity College Dublin
  • Isobel Fletcher, Director R & I, Horizon Nua
  • Eleonora di Cintio, NBO Community Ambassador, Connecting Nature Enterprise Platform and EU Project Manager with Metropolitan City of Bologna
  • Elsa Durieux, Sustainable Economy and Procurement Officer at ICLEI and member of UnaLab
  • Alessandra Aires, Architect with Commune di Torino