Sustainable Urbanisation in cities


This domain will initiate and sustain dialogue among the various stakeholders (private and public sector, architects, practitioners, policy maker), on nature-based solutions in the context of sustainable urbanization in cities and human well-being. The dialogue will address the available opportunities for existing and new NBS associated with materials, buildings and infrastructure in cities. The incorporation of NBS in building and at district level will also be explored. The generation of co-benefits through greening cities in relation with climate change adaptation and mitigation will be examined as well as the role of cultural heritage in renaturing cities and how to incorporate existing knowledge from historic buildings and districts in restoration with nature. The role and effectiveness of NBS in advancing sustainable and resilient infrastructure development and upgrade will be explored together with replication strategies for renovating cities with nature. Methods for robust monitoring of the performance and assessment of the impact of deployed NBS will be examined.

A Framework for Assessing Benefits of Implemented Nature-Based Solutions

Submitted by Maria Lilli on December 12, 2019 - 10:34am

Nature-based solutions (NBS) are solutions that can protect, sustainably manage, and restore natural or modified ecosystems in urban and rural areas, while providing many benefits and co-benefits including stormwater mitigation, biodiversity enhancement, and human well-being. As such, NBS have the potential to alleviate many of the environmental, social, and economic issues that we face today.

Think Nature-based Solutions

Submitted by Maria Lilli on December 11, 2019 - 10:13am

This article was published at the Project Repository Journal (Oct/ Nov 2019 – Volume 3, pages 56-59) [link]. The article summarizes all the achievements of the ThinkNature project with links on the exploitable results and the deliverables that can be found on the ThinkNature Platform.

THINKNATURE HANDBOOK

Submitted by Maria Lilli on September 16, 2019 - 3:41pm

This Handbook has been developed in the framework of the ThinkNature project. Its main objective is to gather and promote state-of-the-art knowledge regarding Nature-Based Solutions (NBS), comprising a comprehensive guide to all relevant actors. To this end, each aspect of NBS is investigated, from project development to financing and policy making, and is presented in a concise and comprehensive way, in order to be easily understandable. Regarding the EU agenda around NBS, this Handbook contributes to:

Using Co-creation to Stimulate Transition for Implementing NBS - ThinkNature Webinar 4

Submitted by Somarakis Giorgos on June 10, 2019 - 4:50pm

This document concerns the second presentation about "Using Co-creation to Stimulate Transition for Implementing NBS: Shared Governance, Spatial Challenges and Environmental Policies", presented by Israa Mahmoud during the fourth ThinkNature webinar at 5/6/2019 about "Governance Models for NBS: Policies, Strategies and Decision Making Mechanisms".

The SLU and NBS Urban Agenda Partnership - ThinkNature Webinar 4

Submitted by Somarakis Giorgos on June 10, 2019 - 4:46pm

This document concerns the first presentation about "The Sustainable Land Use (SLU) and Nature Based Solution (NBS) Urban Agenda Partnership: Brief overview and focus on Action 6 on better regulation", presented by Claudia de Luca during the fourth ThinkNature webinar at 5/6/2019 about "Governance Models for NBS: Policies, Strategies and Decision Making Mechanisms".

Discussion Q&A, C. de Luca, I. Mahmoud, FORTH - ThinkNature Webinar 4

This recording concerns the discussion and Q&A section during the fourth ThinkNature webinar at 5/6/2019 about "Governance Models for NBS: Policies, Strategies and Decision Making Mechanisms". This 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.

Using Co-creation to Stimulate Transition for Implementing NBS, I. Mahmoud - ThinkNature Webinar 4

This recording concerns the second presentation about "Using Co-creation to Stimulate Transition for Implementing NBS: Shared Governance, Spatial Challenges and Environmental Policies", presented by Israa Mahmoud during the fourth ThinkNature webinar at 5/6/2019 about "Governance Models for NBS: Policies, Strategies and Decision Making Mechanisms".

The SLU and NBS Urban Agenda Partnership, C. de Luca - ThinkNature Webinar 4

This recording concerns the first presentation about "The Sustainable Land Use (SLU) and Nature Based Solution (NBS) Urban Agenda Partnership: Brief overview and focus on Action 6 on better regulation", presented by Claudia de Luca during the fourth ThinkNature webinar at 5/6/2019 about "Governance Models for NBS: Policies, Strategies and Decision Making Mechanisms".

Interview with EU policy officer Josefine Enfedaque about NBS

Josefina Enfedaque is Policy Officer about Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Public Engagement in Nature-Based Solutions of European Commission (DG Research & Innovation).

Interview included the following questions:

  1. What are Nature-Based Solutions or NBS?
  2. What barriers to NBS implementation exist in Europe currently?
  3. What solutions could there be for overcoming these barriers?
  4. How optimistic are you about the future?
  5. What is your key message about NBS?

Interview with Victor Beumer, Consultant on Urban Nature-based Solutions

Victor Beumer is Cluster Manager for Hybrid Green & Grey Infrastructure at EU Water Platform (WssTp).

Interview included the following questions:

  1. Do you think business will lead the way in making NBS mainstream?
  2. What business culture change is needed? 
  3. What advise would you give to an individual trying to promote NBS within their business? 
  4. How cost-effective are NBS in relation to conventional solutions?
  5. What is your final message regarding NBS and business?