Event 5

Transition towards nature city

2018, October 22 – 26 | Barcelona

This event is the final event of the Progress Project. It is hold in Barcelona in 2018, October 22 to 26 and organized by Eco-Union and all partners.

Vertical issues:

  • Urban biodiversity management
  • Green space maintenance
  • Planning for green spaces

Horizontal issues:

  • Nature accessing
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Sustainaibility in an urban context


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Organizer: Eco-Union

Partners: University of Copenhagen, Orchis Ingénierie and Goodplanet Belgium

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

Language: English

Number of participants: 20 people from Progress, 15 external from other organizations

Target audience: Any professional or student who:

  • Can contribute to the development and maintenance of sustainable urban areas including both social, environmental and economical 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


Day 1 | Welcome and Networking

10h00- 11h00 Introduction to the week and partners presentations + Event highlights and conference.

11h00-11h30 Coffee break

11h30 – 13h00 Networking activity

13h00 – 14h00 Lunch

Afternoon Activity: Behaves and education /or/ bike route through urban vegetables gardens.

Day 2 | Eco-Forum: Transitions Towards Nature Cities

This day is co-organized with the Global Eco Forum

10h00: Welcome: Frederic Ximeno, Director, Ecology, Barcelona Council.

10h30: Key Note: Isabelle Angelowski: Green Trajectories and social equity in Cities

11h00 – 11h30 | Coffee Break

11h30 – 13h00 Plenary Session: Public health and Nature in Cities

  • Moderator: Carolyn Daher, ISGLOBAL

* Speakers tbc.

14h30 – 16h30 | Parallel Sessions

1 – The Scandinavian Experience on Urban Biodiversity and climate change

Moderated by University of Copenhagen.

14h30-14h45: The Scandinavian frame: climate and green urban spaces management.

14h45-16h15: Case Studies

  • Alex Holst Hersfeldt (CPH-Uni): Working with canopy cover in Frederiksberg municipality supporting ecosystem services such as shadow, clean air, CO2, health.
  • Anne Mette Dahl Jensen (CPH-Uni): Punctual climate adaptation solutions – an innovation project from Frederiksberg municipality supporting ecosystem services such as water recycling, recreation.
  • Susanne Ogstrup (CPH – Uni): The use of green roofs in Malmø, Sweden supporting ecosystem services such as dampens noise, binds dust, cleans the air, saves energy and money.
  • Carsten Luxhøj (CPH Uni): Østergro (Copenhagen) – Denmark´s first roof farm supporting ecosystem services such as food, biodiversity, recreation.

2 – Building Water Resilience systems for naturalization in Mediterranean cities

Moderated by Orchis Ingénierie

14h30 – 15h00: Introduction: Water management and territories

  • The Global global frame of territorial water management: Blue and green corridors. (Simon Woodworth, Project Manager Biodiversity and Territories, Occitanie Region, France – Biodiversity Natural Areas Service, Direction of Ecological and Energetic Transition)


  • Water management: a structuring element of the territory. ( Albert Cuchi Burgos, professor at the Universidad Técnica Superior de Arquitectura, Barcelona and Técnica Superior de Arquitectura, Vallés, at Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña)

15h00 – 16h30: Case Studies

  • William Fettig (Orchis Ingénierie): Local and integrated water management by plant engineering in urban planning. Example in Montpellier
  • Thierry Maytraud (Hydrologist Urbanist, founder of ATM)
  • François Hamon (GreenCityZen): Smart watering and reduction of heat islands in the city.

Day 3 | Workshop: Plannig for the trees management in cities.

9h30 – 13h30 Planning for trees (to increase and conserve) and the ecosystem services that they provide.  Workshop delivered by Oliver Bühler, professor at the Forest and Landscape College, University of Copenhagen (Denmark).


  • From grey to green – challenges for urban trees (growth conditions, maintenance, etc.)
  • I-Tree – hard core quantification and valuation of tree ecosystem services
  • Tree registration, purposes and use
  • A million tree in New York

15h00 – 17h00: Technical Visit – Barcelona biodiversity plan with focus on trees.

* Technical tour with focus on trees will include small exercise’s and discussions (Tree app, tell the trees history etc.).

Day 4 | Workshop: Nature based solutions for playgrounds

Delivered by GoodPlanet Belgium

Building Criteria for biodiversity and nature experience in public playground. A practical workshop working on the “Barcelona City for Play Strategy”, where participants are challenged to introduce nature experience and sustainable nature maintenance criteria when planning for new or renovated playgrounds in public park and spaces.

09h30 – 10h00 Workshop Challenge

10h00 – 10h30 Presentation: Barcelona City for Play Strategy

11h00 – 13h00 Working groups

14h00 – 15h00 Working Groups

15h00: Recap from the session

** Free afternoon

Day 5 | Recap and participants presentations

09h30: Conclusions from the Week by partners.

10h30 – 11h30: Case Studies – Presentations from participants

12h00: Key Note Speaking: Urban Green Custody. tbc

13h00: Group Picture + Lunch


Pati LLimona (https://patillimona.net/), Ciutat Vella (Old Town)

2nd day conference room: https://patillimona.net/blog/sala-maria-aurelia-capmany/

Parallel Sessions and Training day room: https://patillimona.net/blog/sala-de-conferencies/

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