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European Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change (ECBCC) 2015 in Bonn

Nature-based Solutions to Climate Change in Urban Areas and their Rural Surroundings

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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).

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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.



 Programme

 List of Posters

 List of participants

 Short CVs of the speakers

 Photo gallery

The conference organisers are currently preparing the conference proceedings. After completion, they will be available here for download.



Day 1 - 17 November 2015

 Introduction and Opening
Beate Jessel, President of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation - BfN, Germany

 Welcome and update from ENCA
Simon Duffield, Natural England / climate change interest group European Network of Heads of Nature Conservation Agencies - ENCA, UK

SCIENCE
 

 Thinking beyond grey - using nature to cope with climate change
Hans Bruyninckx, Director of the European Environment Agency - EEA, Denmark

 Sustainability, Responsibility, and Nature-Based Solutions: the Contribution of Public and Private Research Funders
Wilhelm Krull, Chair H2020 expert group on nature-based solutions and re-naturing cities / Volkswagen Foundation, Germany

 Nature-based solutions and resilience to climatic change - contribution of nature conservation to human well-being
Georgina Mace, University College London, Director of the UCL Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research (CBER), UK

 Mainstreaming climate change adaptation in urban governance and planning
Christine Wamsler, Associate Professor, Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), Sweden

 Opportunities for biodiversity against climate change in urban and non-urban areas
Ingo Kowarik, Technical University Berlin, Germany

 Riparian forests in urban areas as a nature-based solution for climate change mitigation and adaptation in cities and their rural surroundings
Dagmar Haase, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany

 Impacts of climate change on urban biodiversity - the role of invasive and non-native species
Franz Essl, Environment Agency Austria & University Vienna, Austria

 Valuing ecosystem services for urban planning
Erik Gómez-Baggethun, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research - NINA, Norway

The Power of Surface- How Cities adapt to Climate Change
Vera Enzi, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Austria

 Urban Environmental Health and Climate Change - Perspectives from WHO
Tanja Wolf, World Health Organisation - WHO, European Centre for Environment and Health, Germany

 Nature-based solutions as inclusive spaces: Links to people's health, wellbeing and quality of life
Catharine Ward Thompson, Edinburgh College of Art, UK

 Transformation processes in cities - opportunities for nature-based solutions
Niki Franzeskaki, Dutch Research Institute for Transitions - Drift, The Netherlands

 Nature-based solutions to climate change mitigation and adaptation in urban areas - indicators of success, barriers and opportunities
Nadja Kabisch & Aletta Bonn, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ and German Centre of Integrative Biodiversity Research - iDiv, Germany

Public evening lecture: Urbanization and nature - conflicts and synergies
Dirk Sijmons, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands


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Day 2 - 18 November 2015 (Interactive Sessions)

PRACTICE / IMPLEMENTATION

 

 Ljubljana - European Green Capital 2016
Kristina Ina Novak, The City of Ljubljana, Slovenia

 Learning from cases of Nature-Based Solutions to climate change adaptation and mitigation in urban contexts
Wolfgang Teubner, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, Regional Director for Europe, Germany

Interactive Parallel Sessions

Session 1
Integrating the grey, blue and green - Nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation and mitigation as complementary or alternative measures to engineering approaches

Chair: Werner Lang, Technische Universität München, Germany

 Green roofs and living walls as tools of Green infrastructure against global warming
Manfred Köhler, University of Applied Sciences Neubrandenburg

 INKAS - a guidance tool for urban planners to assess the impact of climate adaptation measures
Meinolf Kossmann, Deutscher Wetterdienst

 Copernicus Sentinels observations as a tool to evaluate NBS implementation
Nektarios Chrysoulakis, Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas

 Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems - complementing grey with green for improved adaptation
McKenna Davis, Ecologic Institute

Session 2
Nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation and mitigation and the role in fostering social-environmental justice in cities

Chairs: Dagmar Haase & Nadja Kabisch, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, German Centre of Integrative Biodiversity Research - iDiv, Germany

Nature-based solutions and a socially inclusive development of cities - some reflections from a social-environmental perspective
Annegret Haase, Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ

 The effects of urban green space on environmental health equity and resilience to extreme weather
Matthias Braubach, WHO European Centre for Environment and Health

 Edible gardening- the tool that unites nature and community within the urban environment
Lina Kusaite, Plant Kingdom Project

 Wild urban forests and wood biomass short rotation landscape laboratories on former brownfield sites as nature based solutions in climate mitigation processes of the Ruhr Area, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Renate Späth, Ministerium für Klimaschutz, Umwelt, Landwirtschaft, Natur- und Verbraucherschutz des Landes NRW

Session 5
The role of biodiversity conservation for nature-based solutions in climate change adaptation and mitigation

Chair: Sonja Knapp, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Germany

 Natural succession or designing nature? The case for urban climate change adaptation and mitigation
Stephan Lingner, EA European Academy of Technology and Innovation Assessment GmbH

 Nature-based solutions: delivery of biodiversity conservation and ecosystem based climate change adaptation
Sarah Taylor, Natural England

 A tale of two cities: developing floodplains for people and wildlife
Olly Watts, Sustainable Developments Department, The RSPB

 Habitat stylization in urban environment from a climate change adaptation point of view
Ákos Bede-Fazekas, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Vácrátót, Hungary

Session 4
Municipalities adapt to urban climate change - by effective use of green infrastructure for nature-based solutions and existing actor networks
Chair: Birgit Georgi, European Environment Agency, Denmark

 The Case of Three Pilot Cities in the Czech Republic
Eva Streberová, Czech Globe - Global Change Research Centre AS CR: Public Participation in Developing Urban Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change with Ecosystem-Based Approaches

Nature-based climate adaptation in urban and regional planning: A review of research projects funded by German Government
Ernst Schäfer, Arbeitsgruppe für regionale Struktur- und Umweltforschung GmbH

 The concept for climate adaptation in the city of Neuss - Implementation in green space planning and maintenance
Dagmar Vogt-Sädler, Bündnis Kommunen für die biologische Vielfalt e.V. & Umweltamt Neuss, Germany

 Green roof Strategy for Hamburg
Hannah Bornholdt, Ministry of Urban Development and Environment Hamburg (BSU)

Session 3
Urban (allotment) gardening and urban agriculture as local community based approach of small-scale climate change adaptation and mitigation in urban areas

Chair: Dieter Rink, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Germany

 Urban Climate-Gardens in Berlin: an educational initiative
Eva Foos, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

 Assessing the contribution of urban gardens to ecosystem services and biodiversity
Ines Cabral, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Helmholtz-Center for Environmental Research - UFZ

 Rooftop agriculture for food production, social inclusion and ecosystem service provision: a case study from Bologna
Frencesco Orsini, University of Bologna

 Sustainable Revitalization of Brownfield Lands - Possibilities of Interim Utilization in the Form of Urban Community Gardens in Budapest
Zsuzsanna Fáczányi, University of Corvinus

Session 6
Nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation and mitigation from a transitions' perspective

Chairs: Ania Rok, ICLEI, Germany & Leen Gorissen, VITO, Belgium

 Local levers for change: Mainstreaming ecosystem-based adaptation into municipal planning to foster sustainability transitions
Christopher Luederitz, Leuphana University Luneburg

 Use of urban green spaces and global warming
Giuseppe Carrus, Roma Tre University, University, of Bari, Italy

 Transition Practices Incentive: fostering nature-based solutions
Rodrigo Muniz, Climate Change, Impacts, Adaptation and Modelling (CCIAM), Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes (cE3c), Faculdadade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa

 A deliberative valuation approach to understanding the multiple facets of value of blue-green-grey solutions for flood risk reduction under climate change among urban communities
Martin Dallimer, University of Leeds

Session 7
Rural-urban linkages of nature-based solutions for climate-change mitigation and adaptation and planning perspective

Chair: Stephan Pauleit, Technische Universität München, Germany

 Nature-oriented infill development in growing regions - wishful thinking or reality?
Sophie Schetke, University of Bonn

 Carse of Stirling - an Ecosystems Approach Demonstration Project
Neville Makan, Scottish Natural Heritage

 Urban agriculture as a city planning adaption measure to climate change
Jakob Köhler, University of Potsdam

 Nature-based spatial planning through the concept of ecosystem services in Lisbon Metropolitan Area
André Mascarenhas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Session 8
Innovative nature-based solutions for cost-effectiveness and economic viability to enhance climate change mitigation and adaptation

Chair: Bernd Hansjürgens, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Germany

 Valuing the carbon sequestration and rainwater interception ecosystem services provided by Britain's urban trees
Helen Davies, University of Southampton

Modelling the feasibility of different payments for urban ecosystem services: The case of a public park in Bratislava
Eva Streberová, CE SPECTRA - Centre of Excellence of Slovak University of Technology and Slovak Academy of Sciences

 Mind the limits... to the cost-effectiveness of nature-based solutions
Jakub Kronenberg, University of Lodz

The mode of being patient - a skillful approach for urban forest use in unpredictable times
Knut Sturm, Community Forest Lübeck

  Plenum Summary
Horst Korn, Head of Biodiversity Unit, Federal Agency for Nature Conservation - BfN, Germany


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Day 3 - 19 November 2015

NBS IN POLICY AND BUSINESS FOR CONSERVATION UNDER CLIMATE CHANGE

 

Towards an EU Research and Innovation policy agenda for Nature-Based solutions and Re-naturing Cities
Kurt Vandenberghe, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation, Director of Directorate Climate action and resource efficiency, Belgium

Spatial planning of Green infrastructure in a changing climate - Links to EU policy
Stefan Leiner, European Commission, DG Environment, Acting Director, Natural Capital, Belgium

 IUCNs perspective on nature's solutions for urban resilience - in search of innovative models of engagement
Chantal van Ham, International Union for Conservation of Nature - IUCN, EU Programme Manager Nature Based Solutions, Belgium

 Governing cities for the future using business and investment for nature-based solutions
Luise Noring, Copenhagen Business School - CBS, Denmark

Economic impacts of urban green infrastructure: results from TEEB Germany
Bernd Hansjürgens, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Germany


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Photo Gallery

Kurt Vandenberghe, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation
Kurt Vandenberghe, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation
Working in groups on Day 2
Working in groups on Day 2
President Jessel is answering a question
President Jessel is answering a question
Participants of the discussion on Day 1
Participants of the discussion on Day 1
Aletta Bonn, one of the organizers of the conference
Aletta Bonn, one of the organizers of the conference
Wilhelm Krull, Volkswagen Foundation
Wilhelm Krull, Volkswagen Foundation
Hans Bruynincks, Director of the European Environment Agency
Hans Bruynincks, Director of the European Environment Agency
Horst Korn is guiding through the conference
Horst Korn is guiding through the conference
Beate Jessel, President of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation
Beate Jessel, President of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation
Stefan Leiner, European Commission, DG Environment
Stefan Leiner, European Commission, DG Environment

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