EVEnt presentations:

Copies of the presentations made during each of the sessions may be downloaded below. 

Wednesday 16th May - Sustainable Urbanization in cities and restoration of degraded ecosystems

INTRODUCTION TO THE EUROPEAN DIALOGUE ON NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS

Adina Dumitru, Connecting Nature, University of A Coruna

 

EUROPEAN RESEARCH AGENDA FOR NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS

Ariana Nastaseanu, Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME)

CITIES SUMMIT (I)

Nature-based Solutions at different scales:

Denia Kolokotsa, Technical University of Greece

Anna Levonmaa, City of Tampere, Finland

Maria Rosario "Cherry" Chan Lafarge Holcim, Switzerland

Christian Artelt, European Construction, Built Environment and Energy Efficient Building Technology Platform, Belgium

 

The role of Cultural Heritage in renaturing cities: Learning from the past, designing for the future:

Sara Van Rompaey, E2ARC, Belgium

Matthias Ripp, Bradenburg University of Technologies Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany

Aitziber Egusquiza Ortegs, Tecnalia, Spain

Giovanni Fini, City of Bologna, Italy

 

Actions on regional and local levels:

Juraj Jurik, Global Infrastructure Basel Foundation, Switzerland

Mihai Razvan Nita, University of Bucharest, Romania

Zuzana Hudekova, Bratislava Municipality, Karlova Ves, Slovakia

Alice Reil, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainabliity Europe, Germany

Gillain Dick, City of Glasgow, Scotland

 

CITIES SUMMIT (II)

The Role of Ecosystem Recreation:

Nikolaos Nikolaidis, Technical University of Crete, Greece

Peter de Ruiter, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Frederic Lemaitre, Biodiversa, France

 

Benefits of Ecosystem Restoration:

Stavros Stagakis, Foundation for Research and Technology, Greece

Fernando Magdaleno, Centre for Studies and Experimentation on Public Works (CEDEX), Spain

Vitor Beumer, Deltares, Netherlands

Verinica Ruiz, IUCN-International Union for Conservation of Nature, Switzerland

 

Innovative Techniques for Restoring and Reclaiming Rural Land:

Steve Banwart, University of Leeds, UK

Paula Novo, Scotland Rural College, UK

Polona Pengal, Revivi Institute for Ichthyological and Ecological Research, Slovenia

 

EU-BRAZIL SECTOR DIALOGUE ON NBS

Tiago Freitas, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

Cristiano Cagnin, CGEE - Strategic Studies and Management Centre, Brazil

Cecilia Herzog, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Carmen Rosado, VTT Technical Research Centre, Finland

Augusto Mozine, Vila Velha University, Brazil

 

PAVING THE WAY FOR SHARING THE EUROPEAN NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS EXPERIENCE WITH THE WORLD

Kate Reilly, Grow Green project, IUCN-International Union for Conservation of Nature, Belgium

Raul Sanchez, URBAN GreenUP project, Cartif, Spain

Sami Kazi, UNaLab project, VTT Technical Research Center, Finland

Alice Reil, Connecting Nature project, ICLEI - Local Gorernments for Sustainability Europe, Germany

 

OVERCOMING BARRIERS, ENHANCING BEST PRACTICE

Nick Pearce, University of Bath

 

Thursday 17th May - robust assessment of nature-based solutions impacts: creating the evidence base to inform policy making

TOWARDS A REFERENCE FRAMEWORK FOR NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

David Maddox, The Nature of Cities

Gillian Dick, City of Glasgow

 

IMPACTS OF NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS: DEVELOPING THE EVIDENCE BASE

Andreas Littkopf, Environment Agency Austria (EAA)

Jennifer Senick, Rutgers Center for Green Building, USA

Kate Reilly, IUCN-International Union for Conservation of Nature, Belgium

Adina Dumitru, University of A Coruna, Spain

 

Friday 18th May - enhancing innovation potential through new governance and funding models for nature-based solutions

FINANCING AND BUSINESS MODELS FOR NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS

Siobhan McQuaid, Trinity college Dublin

Jean Marc Tacnet, IRSTEA-National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture

Jan Rassmusen, City of Copenhagen, Denmark - Presentation 1 & Presentation 2

Kristyna Pelikanova, European Investment Bank, Luxemburg

 

CO-CREATION AS GOVERNANCE FOR EMBEDDING NATURE BASED SOLUTIONS IN CITIES

Niki Frantzeskaki, Dutch Research Institute for Transitions, Netherlands

Katrien van de Sijpe, Genk City Council, Belgium

Marino Cavallo, Citta Metropolitana di Bologna, Italy

Alice Reil, ICLEI - Local Government for Sustainability, Germany

 

ADDRESSING SOCIETAL CHALLENGES THROUGH NATURE BASED SOLUTIONS 

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

 

agenda

The event agenda is being updated constantly as new speakers join our panels.  The final programme is available here

Information about the Nature - Based Excursions can be found here.

 

    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.

     

    Participating Cities

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

    Tampere, Finland             Glasgow, United Kingdom                     Genk, Belgium                               Bologna, Italy 

    Malaga, Spain                   Regensburg, Germany                            Stavanger, Norway                         

    Tbilisi, Georgia                  Santiago de Compostela, Spain            Karlova Ves, Bratislava

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

    Pavlos Melas, Greece       Copenhagen, Denmark

                          

      businesses taking part in the expo

      BioAzul                             Osmos                     Oppla                              

      SUDS- Atlantis                 Geographic            Helix Pflanzen GmbH     

      alchemia-nova GmbH                I-CATALIST                  ARUP          

      Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia

      Mari Carmen Garcia Mateo / Architecture Planning

      Download the Expo Catalogue here.

       

      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 relevant solution for your city in the NBE Pitch Battle running during the event.

      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 Innovative 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

      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.

       

      registration

      The event is now fully subscribed.  A waiting list is in operation.  To add your name to the waiting list , please register using this link 

      DATE

      16th - 18th May 2018

      LOCATION

      FUNDACIÓN BARRIÉ, A CORUÑA

      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)

      Email: isabel.lema@udc.es 

      Phone:+34 881 011 882

      NBE Expo and Pitch Battle

      Isobel Fletcher (Senior Project Manager - Horizon Nua)

      Email: isobel.fletcher@horizonnua.eu

      Phone:  +353 1 493 5942