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Dialogues for Nature-based Solutions and Green Infrastructure in Barcelona

Date: 2018-06-05

Green Cities for a Greener Future

Dialogues for Nature-based Solutions and Green Infrastructure in Barcelona

6th SESSION | Exploring Green Roofs as Nature-based Solutions in Barcelona: A Guided Tour of IMPD Rooftop Gardens

Date: Tuesday June 5th 2018
Time; From 9 am to 2 pm
Venue: Espai 1, Municipal Institute for People with Disabilities (IMPD), Barcelona City Council (C/València, 344,Barcelona)


This meeting aims to explore the benefits of rooftop gardens as nature-based solutions in compact cities such as Barcelona, especially in regard to social inclusion. It will include a guided tour in the rooftop garden located in the Institute for People with Disabilities of the Barcelona City Council. The event has been approved as a partner event of EU Green Week and the European Sustainable Development Week.

This event is by invitation only. Due to capacity limitations of the venue and because the event is part of a larger stakeholder process, the participation in the event is only possible by invitation of the organizers.


What are these meetings?
These meetings are organized as a stakeholder engagement process under the framework of the European research projects NATURVATION (NATure-based Urban innoVATION) and ENABLE (Enabling Green And Blue Infrastructure Potential In Complex Social-Ecological Regions). Their aim is to discuss the potential of urban green infrastructure and nature-based solutions to address a variety of challenges (e.g., climate change, green inequalities, etc.) currently faced by the city and metropolitan area of Barcelona.

What is the format?
Meetings are designed as a science-policy dialogue open to a wide range of stakeholders (from public authorities to community organizations) involved in green infrastructure planning and management. Normally, meetings include an update of the status of the research projects (NATURVATION and ENABLE), one or more presentations related to a specific topic of interest, and an interactive workshop in reduced groups. The meetings’ format tries to follow a transdisciplinary approach, fostering the co-creation of knowledge on NBS and urban GI.


9.15 - 9.30 Reception

9.30 - 9.40 Welcome and presentation of the session
                 Ramon Lamiel (IMPD) | Luís Campos Rodrigues (ENT)

9.40 - 10.00 Update on the state of the ENABLE and NATURVATION projects
                 Johannes Langemeyer & Marta Conde (ICTA-UAB)

10.00 - 11.00 Presentations on green roofs as nature-based solutions in Barcelona: 
— Fostering green roofs in Barcelona (10min). Núria Garcia (Paisatge Urbà, Aj. de Barcelona) 
— Green roofs: barriers and opportunities (10min). Lídia Calvo (Eixverd)
— The rooftop garden project in the building of IMPD (30 min). Núria Cardona & Ferran Urgell (IMPD) | Judith Cirac (ICTA-UAB)
— Questions and Answers (10 min).

11.00 - 11.30 Coffee break (in the rooftop) 

11.30 - 12.00 Guided tour to the rooftop garden of IMPD with its users

12.00 - 13.30 Workshop on the prioritization of the benefits of green roofs in Barcelona.
                  Johannes Langemeyer (ICTA-UAB)

13.30 - 13.35 Closing Francesc Baró (ICTA-UAB)

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