One Hundred ICTA-UAB Researchers to Address the Main Environmental Challenges of Today and Tomorrow

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New cross-boundary approach for addressing wicked weed problems

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ERASMUS+ Edu-BioMed News: ICTA-UAB organizes workshops in Jabal Moussa and Shouf Biosphere Reserves (Lebanon) addressed to university...

From next April, 29th to May, 2nd, about 40 professors and professionals from the higher education institutions from Lebanon, Morocco, Spain, France and Italy will meet in two Lebanese Biosphere Reserves (Jabal Moussa and Shouf) to discuss how to improve Moroccan and Lebanese higher education and academic research in the context of Mediterranean Biosphere Reserves (BRs).

ICTA-UAB researcher Antoni Rosell-Melé receives an ERC Advanced Grant

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Urban Agriculture on Rooftops Provides Healthy, Fresh and Sustainable Food

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Se prevén niveles de polen muy altos para esta primavera

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Indigenous knowledge, key to a successful ecosystem restoration

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ICTA-UAB researcher Gara Villalba receives an ERC Consolidator Grant

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The ICTA-UAB awarded an Erasmus+ for running a project on higher education and research in Biosphere Reserves

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ICTA-UAB contributes to bridging science and society in the 100xCiencia.3

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New ICTA-UAB 'Welcome Guide'

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Insights on integrating social justice and health equity in urban greening at international symposium

Date: 2019-03-12


On 13 December 2018 the European projects ENABLE, NATURVATION and Greenlulus organised a half day international symposium to share insights how urban greenery can be planned and deployed strategically to creative an inclusive urban society and foster health benefits. The symposium was an official side event of the 11th International Forum on Urbanism in Barcelona (Spain), an ICLEI member. It also included an afternoon workshop in which actors from the City of Barcelona and the region of Catalonia discussed how an equal access to nature can be guaranteed in communities.

Moderated by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, experts and practitioners from Barcelona City Council, IS Global, Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB), the Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability (BCNUEJ), Autonomous University of Barcelona, SomNatura, Xarxa de Custòdia del Territori (XCT), ENT Environment and Management, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), New York New School and Stockholm Resilience Centre presented research insights from working with local governments, provided recommendations and raised questions, which still need to be answered to create more just and equitable urban green and blue spaces. 

Cities like Barcelona have been working on strengthening the social dimension of greening public spaces. As such, Barcelona is transforming its green planning methods to apply the concept of green infrastructure better, creating it with more participation and co-responsibility for a more ecological and greener city. Moreover, all agreed that cities need to be strategic in their planning to prevent the socio-spatial exclusion of the most socially vulnerable residents, their livelihoods and practices. Still, if done well – which is the case already in Barcelona and other European cities – green and blue infrastructure can greatly benefit the health and well-being of citizens. Health outcomes range from better mental health, better mood and healthier blood pressure levels to lower cardiovascular mortality rates.

The international symposium addressed often controversial issues and offered opportunities to receive more locally specific insights into green and blue infrastructure, which foster social inclusion and make use of its potential of making a city more resilient.

For more information and to learn more about the international symposium including a report highlighting key messages, click here.

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