The Europena Conference "Nature-based Solutions to Climate Change in Urban Areas and their Rural Surroundings: Linkages between science, policy and practice" will take place from 17 to 19 November 2015 in Bonn, Germany.
The event is a joint European Conference 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).
Climate change has significant impact on society and biodiversity in Europe. Urban inhabitants are most likely to experience climate change effects directly because currently 73 per cent of Europeans live in urban areas. Here, management of urban ecosystems offer sustainable and cost-effective solutions to climate change mitigation and adaptation while contributing to human well-being.
This European conference will bring together experts from science, policy and practice to highlight and debate the importance of nature-based solutions to climate change in urban areas and their rural surroundings. Emphasize is given to the potential of nature-based approaches to create multiple-benefits.
The conference is divided into three main areas (day 1: science, day 2: practice and implementation, day 3: policy and business), each of which will be opened by keynote speakers including:
- Hans Bruyninckx (Executive Director European Environmental Agency, EEA)
- Wilhelm Krull (Chair of the H2020 expert group on nature-based solutions and re-naturing cities, Secretary General Volkswagen Foundation)
- Georgina Mace (University College London – UCL, Director of Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research)
- Christine Wamsler (Lund University, Centre for Sustainability Studies)
- Nataša Jazbinšek (Head of Department for Environmental Protection City of Ljubljana and Head of working group for European Green Capital programme 2016)
- Wolfgang Teubner (ICLEI Regional Director for Europe)
- Kurt Vandenberghe (Director for Climate action and resource efficiency at the European Commission's Directorate-General for Research and Innovation)
- Chantal van Ham (IUCN – EU Programme Manager Nature Based Solutions)
- Dirk Sijmons (Delft University of Technology)
Keynote speeches are complemented by plenary presentations given by leading experts in the fields of urban biodiversity, climate change, and socio-economic effects of nature-based solutions, interactive sessions and a poster exhibition.
Deadline for abstract submission is 24 July 2015 (abstract submission guidelines)
Early bird registration deadline: 18 September 2015
Final registration deadline: 30 October 2015
For more information and to register please visit: http://www.ecbcc2015.com/
Dr. Nadja Kabisch