Event 5

Transition towards Nature City 

2018, October 22– 26 | Barcelona, Catalunya

The naturalization of cities is a complex process  in which natural, economic, social, cultural and political issues are interlinked. This process contributes to the adaptation of cities to climate change and reinforces ecosystem services, whilst representing an opportunity to encourage new mediums of citizen participation. However, the naturalization of cities needs to be planned according to the diverse environmental and social conditions of urban areas. A poor planned naturalization of urban spaces could jeopardize the resilience of the urban system in terms of water consumption and lead to negative economic, social and environmental impacts. 

The training course approaches diverse questions about naturalization processes and focuses on practical issues in order to tackle key challenges such as the sustainable maintenance of green spaces as well as the naturalization of public spaces and playgrounds. The training approach is multidisciplinary and delivered by both academics and practitioners.  

PROGRESS Training courses are educational exchange programs with events designed to provide a networking and exchange experience with European practitioners related to urban green space management. 

The fifth and final event of the PROGRESS Project organized by eco-union,  will be held in Barcelona from the 22th to the 26th of October 2018.

Vertical issues:

  • urban biodiversity management
  • green space maintenance
  • planning for green spaces

Horizontal issues:

  • nature accessing
  • climate change adaptation
  • sustainability in an urban context
  • public health

Organizer : eco-union

Partners: University of Copenhagen, Orchis Ingénieurs and Goodplanet Belgium

Schedule: 5 days. 22th of October – 26th of October 2018

Language: English

Number of participants: 35 professionals. 30 international, 5 from Spain

Target audience: Any professional or student who:

  • Can contribute to the development and maintenance of sustainable urban areas including both social, environmental and economic issues
  • Can collaborate with other relevant actors in the development of sustainable management and sustainable green areas
  • Can, in collaboration with others, devise solutions for sustainable management in urban areas