[Urban GreenUp] Network Nature Annual Event

Upscaling Nature-based solutions in policy and practice

The NetworkNature Annual Event will provide an opportunity to learn more about the state-of-the-art developments in NBS practice & policy.

Nature-based solutions (NBS), if designed and implemented well, can produce a multitude of benefits simultaneously, including for health and wellbeing, agriculture, water, food and energy production, climate change, economic development, and more. Mainstreaming these solutions through agreed (quality) standards and best practices can help maximise the impact and uptake of nature-based solutions.

The event will focus on the Network Nature semester theme “Nature-based solutions and Standards”, to ensure the quality, effectiveness and scale of implementation that helps deliver the European Green Deal and the challenges related to biodiversity, climate change and socio-economic development.

Exchange of knowledge, capacity building and dialogue across stakeholders and sectors is key to developing joint action for upscaling NBS. NetworkNature hosts an annual event to take stock of achievements across EU-funded projects (mainly H2020, Horizon Europe) and provide the opportunity to learn more about the state-of-the-art developments in NBS evidence, practice and policy.

Agenda for the Annual Event

9.30 – 9.40 Welcome & introduction – Moderator

9.40 – 10.00 NetworkNature: achievements and plans for the future – Bettina Wilk (ICLEI) & Susanna Gionfra (IUCN)

10.00 – 10.10 Interactive session – Moderator

10.10 – 10.30 Driving NBS standards and quality – Efren Feliu & Dora Almassy (NetworkNature Semester Theme’s experts)

10.30 – 10.40 Q&A

10.40 – 11.00 Towards the next EU roadmap for R&I on NBS: overview of the landscape and knowledge gaps – Gilles Doignon (DG Research & Innovation) & Frederic Lamaitre (Biodiversa+)

11.00 – 11.15 Q&A

11.15 – 11.35 Coffee break

11.35 – 12.45 Panel: Joining forces towards a successful implementation of the Nature Restoration Law – Laura Wendling (VTT & UNaLaB), Martin Grisel (EUKN), Yann Verstraeten (Business @Biodiversity Platform), Luisa Samarelli (European Commission, DG Environment), Holger Robrecht (ICLEI)

12.45 – 13.10 Panel: European NBS Hubs – Monica Nemeth (Hungary Hub), Leonard Sandin (Nordic Region Hub), Americo Mateus (Portugal Hub)

13.10 – 13.20 Closing of morning session – Moderator

13.20 – 14.20 Lunch Break

14.20 – 14.30 Introduction to parallel sessions

14.30 – 16.00 Parallel sessions

• Nature based solutions: Exploring the role of Landscape Architecture in policy and practice (led by IFLA Europe –  Daniela Micanovic, Katarina Gkoltsiou, Didier Vancutsen)

• Informing and supporting policy whilst ensuring the lasting legacy of NBS projects (leb by UNaLab-  Laura Wendling (UNaLaB), Michelle Oddy (GrowGreen), Raúl Sánchez (Urban GreenUP), Marcus Collier & Siobhan McQuaid (Connecting Nature))

• The involvement of SMEs in developing and supplying impactful nature-based solutions (led by Steinbeis s2i- Victoria Blessing)

• Towards a European R&I Roadmap for NBS (led by Biodiversa+ – Frederic Lamaitre & Mariem El Harrak)

16.00 – 16.30 Coffee break

16.30 – 17.05 Reporting back from the parallel sessions

17.05 – 17.15 Closing remarks by the European Commission – Benjamin Caspar, DG Environment

17.15 – 17.30 Closing remarks – Susanna Gionfra, IUCN & Bettina Wilk, ICLEI

18.00 – 20.00 Drinks reception


More info: NetworkNature Annual Event


Sep 27 2022


9:30 am - 6:00 pm