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Invitation: Nature4Cities Virtual Forum with NBS experts

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Nature4Cities virtual forum will help you discover useful insights and tools to foster your NBS projects.


This interactive event will allow you to share your questions and get answers from our NBS experts.


The event is free and opened to anyone after registration.


Regardless of how advanced your project is, there is a session for you!




° ° ° Full programme ° ° °



relevant timezone for the hours : CET


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May 19th 2020


9:00 - 10:00


Session 1 - Nature4Cites - tools, methods and guides to renature cities


#A - Answering current Challenges in re-naturing cities: Nature4Cities recipe

What are the common Challenges in re-naturing cities and how to overcome them? How to create a NBS project, how to assess it in the early design stage and how to initiate the implementation to meet the urban challenges of a city? Based on examples from the N4C pilot cities the Nature4Cities Platform & Tools project process will be presented in detail. The Programme prospects will be introduced.


Presented by:

Stéphanie Decker, Project Manager in sustainable building at NOBATEK/INEF4. She does the daily coordination of Nature4Cities.



#B - Nature4Cities knowledge and assessment platform


Nature4Cities aims at raising awareness about NBS and foster new collaborative models for NBS uptake by developing a knowledge, assessment and decision support platform. This platform offers an integration framework where several elements (existing and new tools/services) are deployed and interconnected to provide access to NBS knowledge, and to complete the NBS assessment process: NBS project creation, urban, socio-economic and environmental impact evaluation and final NBS project implementation, including tools to manage stakeholder's participation. The current development of the platform will be presented to give you an overview of the integrated tools that will be displayed there.


Presented by:

Susana Martin, Head of the Energy Efficiency Area in the Energy Division at CARTIF. She is responsible of the supervision of the platform development.


** Break**

10:30 - 11:30


Session 2 - Create your NBS project


#A - How to choose the NBS fitting your needs?


There are many ways to arrive to NBSs and there are many NBSs answering differently to urban challenges. We will show you how to explore the NBSs world and find the NBSs that fit your project, from the NBSs catalogue or from existing projects.


Presented by:

Marjorie Musy, researcher at CEREMA and joint manager of IRSTV « Institut de Recherche des Sciences et Techniques de la Ville ». She is the Scientific director of Nature4Cities.


#B - How to collect data to support your NBS choice?


To choose and assess your NBS projects, you'll need to collect data on the field. Which data to collect and how? Our 4 pilot cities have cleared the field to help other municipalities in their NBS projects. The Metropolitan city of Milan will present the levers and barriers found in collecting data for NBS projects in 4 quarries sites.


Presented by:

- Eva Raggi, Civil Engineer at Rina consulting. She coordinated the data collection on Nature4Cities pilot sites

- Cinzia Davoli, Department of Environment and land protection of the Metropolitan City of Milan. She is an expert in the analysis and production of spatial data and spatial information systems. 

- Giulia Garavaglia, technician at the Metropolitan city of Milan


with :

- Orenzo Elia, Mario Cortese & Domenico Perfido (R2M) and Ferran Roure Garcia (Eurecat)- technical experts for drone flights

- Clement Murgue (Terranis) technical expert for Satellite Imagery analysis

May 20th 2020


9:00 - 11:00

Session 3 - Assess your NBS project

#A - How to measure the environmental impact of your NBS? Nature4Cities Environmental assessment tools


It is important to understand not only the benefits but also possible trade-offs when evaluating the NBS projects. We will introduce how N4C Project addresses environmental assessment of NBS combining urban metabolism, agent based modelling, climate assessment and life cycle assessment. We will also see how this assessment methodology will be implemented in the N4C Platform. 


Presented by:

Özge Yilmaz, Ph.D. and Environment and Industry Group Coordinator at Ekodenge. She coordinates Nature4Cities NBS Environmental Impact Assessment.


#B - How to foresee the best place for your project? Nature4Cities Urban Assessment tools


Implementation of a new NBS in urban areas is a relatively complex issue, as numerous aspects of the urban tissue have to be considered. The Urban Assessment module of the N4C Platform provides opportunity to create simple scenarios in order to see how the planned NBS will affect its surroundings. Beside the introduction of the module, called Simplified Urban Assessment Tool (SUAT), its 3 main subtools (GreenPass, Colouree, Expert Model Based Box) and their implementation into the N4C Platform is going to be presented.


Presented by:

- Florian Kraus, urban landscape architect, co-developer of the tool and CEO at GreenPass

- Nicola Pisani, architect, founder and CEO at Colouree

- Barnabás Körmöndi, Project Manager at Hungarian Urban Knowledge Center (MUTK). He coordinates Nature4Cities Urban Assessment. 


#C - How to guarantee a project with positive financial and human impact? Nature4Cities Socio-economic assessment tools


Mainstreaming NBS in cities requires an overall understanding of their socio-economic benefits, co-benefits and costs. However, existing benchmarks established by traditional methodologies and tools are not always appropriate to assess these social and economic pillars of the NBS sustainability. In Nature4Cities, the WP4 Team has attempted to address these challenges by developing and applying two complementary approaches each dedicated to assess one or the other pillar. The solution developed to address the economic pillar has been named NBenefit$ and grounds on the concept of ecosystem services. While the tool implemented to evaluate the social aspects is based on the development of an environmental Quality of Life scale for NBS. How to operationalise these two approaches is the subject of this session.


Presented by:

Benedetto Rugani, environmental sustainability, life cycle assessment, urban metabolism and ecosystem services specialist at the Luxemburg Institute of Science and Technology. He coordinates Nature4Cities Socio-economic assessment.


** Break**

11:30 - 12:30


Session 4 - Implement your NBS project

#A - How to involve citizens into the planning process? Nature4Cities guide for new governance models


Are Nature Based Solutions the best option to solve the urban challenges you are facing as a policy maker? And if you opt for NBS what would the implementation process look like? Who needs to be consulted? Who needs to be invited to participate and what is needed to facilitate the process in terms of knowledge, needs and interests? During this brief session we touch upon these issues and present three tools developed for Nature4Cities that support you in the planning process: our model for reflexive governance of NBS, a process support tool for a tailored governance approach. CitizenSay, a digital tool that can be used to support participatory planning and collaboration processes. And lastly, the Nature4Cities implementation model handbook (forthcoming).


Presented by:

- Yvette Jeuken, political scientist/ researcher at DuneWorks

- Marco Tiemann, CitizenSay development lead at Innova Integra


#B - How to build a green Business Model ? Nature4Cities tool to innovate in your market


When it comes to fieldwork, new obstacles can arise. That’s why we also build some tools to support NBS projects holders choosing a governance and a financing model and give patterns to start defining a business model for their project. For each implementation model, you will be able to get inspired by real projects.


Presented by:

- Aitziber Egusquiza Ortega, PhD., senior researcher in the Building Technologies division at Tecnalia. She coordinates Nature4Cities work on new governance, business and financing models for NBS-oriented urban planning 

- Maider Arana, environmental engineer, researcher in the Building Technologies division at Tecnalia.




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