European Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change (ECBCC) 2015 in Bonn
Nature-based Solutions to Climate Change in Urban Areas and their Rural Surroundings
This European conference in Bonn was held by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) and the European Network of Heads of Nature Conservation Agencies (ENCA) in co-operation with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) / German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv).
This joint BfN/ENCA conference in Bonn brought together experts from science, policy and practice to highlight and discuss the importance of nature-based solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation in urban areas and their rural surroundings. The aim of the conference was to increase knowledge and to foster linkages between science, policy and practice regarding nature-based solutions to meet the challenge of climate change in urban areas. In addition, emphasize was given to the potential of nature-based approaches to create multiple-benefits.
The conference is part of a series of European Conferences on Biodiversity and Climate Change (ECBCC). The first conference held in Bonn in 2011, explored options to enhance communication and co-operation between science, policy and practice and identified research priorities. The second conference held in 2013, focused on adaptation of main European ecosystems and led to recommendations for climate change-adapted nature conservation in Europe. As a follow up, this year's conference highlighted the importance of nature-based solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation in urban areas and their rural surroundings.