From the 18th to the 20th of May, an international conference on nature-based solutions to societal challenges will be held in Ghent (Belgium). This conference will be hosted by the European Commission, under the auspices of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
In line with one of the sub-themes ‘Nature and Urban Wellbeing’, the Green City will provide one of the speakers.
Why Nature-Based Solutions?
Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) is a rapidly emerging concept covering a range of approaches which use natural processes and species to address societal challenges. Of particular interest are solutions to problems of ecological quality and human health and wellbeing in urban environments – and their rural hinterlands – as well as reducing their global footprints.
Some solutions have existed for a long time, yet there is a growing need for innovative Nature-Based Solutions and for development in deploying and upscaling existing efforts. Such solutions are key to more sustainable and prosperous societies, and are attracting the interest of researchers, developers, governments, businesses and citizens.
Who is the conference aimed at?
- Researchers from all disciplines
- Policymakers and authorities at all levels of governance
- Businesses and solution providers
- Planners and designers
- Health professionals
- Non-Governmental Organizations