ThinkNature Webinars


January - June 2019

ThinkNature is organizing a series of four webinars between January and June of 2019 that will introduce and cover several aspects of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) to a wide audience. The objectives of this webinar series is to raise awareness and understanding on the concept of NBS and to support and promote knowledge on multiple aspects of NBS design and implementation. The expected target audience would be researchers, policy-makers, practitioners and businesses that are active or interested in NBS.

Each webinar will focus on a different aspect of NBS design and implementation:

Webinar 1 - NBS: Concept, Practices and Benefits Completed
17 January 2019, 14.30-15.30 CET

ThinkNature first webinar invited scientists, business/market actors, policy makers and authorities’/organizations’ representatives to discover the concept, practices and benefits of NBS. In the context of this webinar, the above-mentioned issues were presented by major NBS experts:
–      Emmanuelle Cohen-Shacham
Nature-based Solutions Thematic Group Leader, Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
–      Nadja Kabisch
GreenEquityHEALTH Junior Research Group Leader, Institute of Geography, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
–      Nikolaos Nikolaidis
ThinkNature Coordinator, School of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete (TUC)
During the webinar, the attendees also had the opportunity to participate in short surveys and pose their own questions regarding the presented issues to the speakers.
 

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1st presentation: Defining the framework of NBS, E. Cohen-Shacham
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2nd presentation: Typologies and Classification of NBS practices, N. Nikolaidis
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3rd presentation: Multiple benefits of NBS, N. Kabisch
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Webinar 2 - Technology and Practice of NBSCompleted
14 March 2019, 10.00-11.00 CET

ThinkNature second webinar invited scientists, potential NBS practitioners, market actors and end users, to discover aspects relevant to technology and practice of NBS. In the context of this webinar, insights from specific case studies examples were presented by experienced experts regarding designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating NBS. The presentations involved effective practices and new concepts in the design and implementation of NBS based on the most prominent case studies and introduced the effectiveness, knowledge and technology gaps, transferability issues and other barriers of NBS implementation. The speakers of this webinar were::


–    Mattheos Santamouris
Professor of High Performance Architecture, University of New South Wales, Australia

–    Tom Armour
Global Landscape Architecture Leader, Arup

–    Dimitra Theochari
Landscape Architect, Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl


During the webinar, the attendees also had the opportunity to participate in short surveys as well as pose their own questions regarding the presented issues, which were discussed among panelists after presentations.

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1st presentation: Cooling our Cities - Advances in Science and Design for the Mitigation of Urban Heat, M. Santamouris
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2nd presentation: Technology and Practice on NBS, T. Armour
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3rd presentation: Effective Practices and New Concepts in the Design and Implementation of NBS, D. Theochari
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Webinar 3 - Financing and Business Models for NBSCompleted
17 May 2019, 11.00-12.00 CEST

ThinkNature third webinar invited NBS existing and potential practitioners (businesses such as start-ups, NGOs, etc.) to discover the economic aspect of NBS and learn about relevant issues; including financial instruments, funding options and business models. In the context of this webinar, the above-mentioned issues were presented by the following experts:

–    Juraj Jurik
Nature-Based Solutions Director, Global Infrastructure Basel (GIB) Foundation

–    Oshani Perera
Public Procurement and Infrastructure Finance Director, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

During the webinar, the attendees also had the opportunity to participate in short surveys as well as pose their own questions regarding the presented issues, which were discussed among panelists after presentations.

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1st presentation: The business case for NBS projects, J. Jurik
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2nd presentation: Blended capital for nature-based infrastructure, O. Perera
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Webinar 4 - Governance Models for NBS: Policies, Strategies and Decision Making MechanismsCompleted
5 June 2019, 11.00-12.00 CEST

ThinkNature fourth webinar invited policy makers, decision makers, end users and authorities from all levels (states, regions, municipalities, etc.) to discover the aspect of governance as to NBS and learn about the policy and decision making framework concerning NBS. In the context of this webinar, the above-mentioned issues were presented by the following experts:


–    Claudia De Luca
PhD candidate at University of Bologna, Member of Sustainable Use of Land and Nature-Based Solutions Partnership - Urban Agenda for the EU

–    Israa Hanafi Elsayed Hanafi Mahmoud
PhD, Research fellow Labsimurb, Politecnico of Milan, Member of CLEVER Cities European Union’s Horizon 2020 project


During the webinar, the attendees also had the opportunity to participate in short surveys as well as pose their own questions regarding the presented issues, which were discussed among panelists after presentations.

Available Resources

1st presentation: The SLU and NBS Urban Agenda Partnership, C. de Luca
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2nd presentation: Using Co-creation to Stimulate Transition for Implementing NBS, I. Mahmoud
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