European Urban Resilience Forum (EURESFO) 19-20 October 2021

European Urban Resilience Forum (EURESFO) 19-20 October 2021

It is our pleasure to promote the European Urban Resilience Forum (EURESFO) which will take place 19-20 October 2021 as a hybrid event online and in Malmö, Sweden.

EURESFO is a unique platform where cities, organisations and stakeholders can exchange experiences and discuss strategies for the planning of adaptation to climate change and forging urban resilience for local action.

In 2021, EURESFO will take place on 19-20 October as a hybrid event, inviting local and regional institutions from Scandinavia and beyond to a personal exchange in Malmö, Sweden.

The focus of the event is ecosystem restoration and biodiversity considerations in urban planning.

In the past 8 years, the European Urban Resilience Forum (EURESFO) has been a unique exchange platform for city representatives, experts and stakeholders from local and regional institutions to discuss strategies, initiatives and actions for adapting to climate change and building urban resilience. The event is an initiative from ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability and the European Environment Agency (EEA) since 2013.

On 19-20 October 2021, the Forum will take place as a hybrid event, inviting local and regional institutions from Scandinavia and beyond to a personal exchange in Malmö, Sweden.

IFLA Europe was invited to participate in the panel session which is organised by the NetworkNature - EU funded nature-based solutions project and official partner of the
event. IFLA Europe is a member of Network Nature Stakeholder Advisory Board and was invited to participate as panelist in the session contributing to the panel:
- Stepping up cross-cutting local and sub-national action on ecosystem and climate resilience. IFLA Europe will be represented by Johan Folkesson, President of the Department for Landscape Architects within the Swedish Architects and past Delegate to IFLA Europe.

The EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework and the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration all highlight the pivotal role of local and sub-national governments in achieving European and global climate and biodiversity targets. The EU Biodiversity Strategy’s call on cities with over 20,000 inhabitants to develop Urban Greening Plans by the end of 2021 and the forthcoming legally binding nature restoration targets, which also include urban nature targets, echo the need for cities and regions to step up timely and cross-cutting actions to tackle the interlinked climate and biodiversity crises.

Nature-based solutions are a promising vehicle for ecosystem restoration and for strengthening resilience to climate change impacts. Yet, to achieve the desired impacts, coordinated action and planning across scales and sectors are required. They require a system-based design as part of a wider, strategically planned and managed network of green and blue areas, as well as the urban technical and social infrastructure. Also, collaboration across sectors (such as green space planning, water management, public utilities, land managers, etc.), private and public actors is imperative for large-scale implementation to be sustainable.

This session will focus on urban and regional approaches of successfully embedding biodiversity and climate action in policy and practice. It will shed light on cross-sectoral approaches towards nature positive planning, challenges and solutions, to chart out ways to systematically integrate nature into planning.

NetworkNature is a new H2020 service and one-stop resource for the nature-based solutions community. gathers nature-based solutions (NBS) communities, resources, projects, best practicesand tools under one roof. The pioneering European platform with a global reach will create opportunities for local, regional and international cooperation toincrease the uptake of NBS.

Those who cannot travel, due to ongoing restrictions, will be able to attend through live streaming.

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