Poorly planned urbanisation can lead to societal challenges as social deprivation, climate change, deteriorating health and increasing pressure on urban nature. Urban ecosystem restoration can contribute to lessen these challenges, e.g. through implementing nature-based solutions (NBS).

This online webinar will illustrate how Horizon 2020 projects are supporting international cooperation in knowledge creation and knowledge exchange between local authorities and researchers to promote urban ecosystem restoration in Europe, China and Latin America. Organised by the projects: INTERLACECONEXUSREGREEN and CLEARING HOUSE as an official side-event of the The European Week of Regions and Cities 2022, this webinar will bring together cities, regions and local authorities, city network representatives, policy makers, researcher, civil society and experts on nature-based solutions and urban ecosystem restoration from Europe, China and Latin America.

In line with the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, the proposed EU Nature Restoration Law and the NetworkNature semester on nature-based solutions standards and quality, the webinar will focus on the following six topics: economics, governance, social aspects, ecological quality, environmental quality and education.

The webinar will be held in English with simultaneous translation (Spanish and Portuguese on 13 October, and Chinese on 14 October). Attending the webinar is free of charge.

Please register under the following linkhttps://www.eventbrite.fi/e/sustaining-cities-naturally-urban-ecosystem-restoration-tickets-377396331587

Draft agenda

Thursday, 13 October (14.00 - 18.00 CEST)

With interpretation in Spanish and Portuguese

14.00 - 14.20 Welcome and setting the scene

14.20-15.30 Economics of urban restoration and NBS

15.30-16.40 Policy, governance and institutional issues

16.40-16.50 Break

16.50-17:50 Social aspects

17.50-18.00 Closing

Friday, 14 October (9.00 - 13.00 CEST)

With interpretation in Chinese

9.00 - 9.20 Welcome and setting the scene

9.20-10.30 Education

10.30-11.40 Environmental quality of urban restoration activities

11.40-11.50 Break

11.50-12.50 Ecological quality of urban restoration activities

12.50-13.00 Conclusions