European Conference in Bonn focusses on “Nature-based-Solutions for adaption to climate change” Dissemination Poster session at Conference. Nature Based Solutions to Climate Change in Urban Areas and their Rural Surroundings, Linkages between Science, Policy and Pratice in Bonn, Germany.
How about “nature-based solutions“?
Is this a new buzzword instead of “Green Infrastructure” or “Eco System Services”? As it turned out during the ECBCC Conference in Bonn, it’s more likely to be a fusion of the latter. The term denominates a strategy to use the potential of nature-based approaches to offer sustainable and cost-effective solutions to climate change mitigation and adaptation while contributing to human well-being. During the conference the latest scientific findings on the impacts of climate change on European urban ecosystems were discussed. Different examples and case studies where shown. They proved how conservation measures and nature-based solutions within cities have been successfully implemented. The results of the discussions of policy issues in climate change and nature conservation in European urban areas are supposed to lead to recommendations for policy processes, scientific programs and practical implementation. TURAS case studies and demonstration sites provide as well good examples for nature-based solutions. That’s why Verband Region Stuttgart took part in the conference. Silvia Weidenbacher presented three TURAS posters during the poster session. Stuttgart’s regional climate adaption strategy of preserving open space with important functions for the production of fresh and cool air and for ventilation as framework led to vivid discussions with several observers about the necessity of integrated strategies on all relevant planning levels. The posters going more into detail and showing measures on-site completed the picture and stimulated the participants’ interest. They showed the green walls construction of the Green Living Room (Ludwigsburg, Germany) as well as the green roof research and demonstration in Barking Riverside (London, UK) done by University of East London. The idea of creating different “nature-imitated” structures (micro‐relief and micro‐habitats) to enhance biodiversity and at the same time increase water retention and mitigate the urban heat island effect was appreciated as an excellent example for the multi-benefit of nature-based solutions. As a résumé of the speeches, discussions and the poster exhibition it became quite clear that the TURAS position of doing things differently follows the same line as the conference’s approach.