Context of the conference
Through the EU Urban Agenda national governments, cities, European institutions and other stakeholders will be working together for a sustainable, innovative and economically powerful Europe that offers a good quality of life (Urban Agenda) One of the promising developments in this perspective is nature-based solutions. These are understood as living solutions that are inspired or supported by nature, which are cost¬effective, simultaneously provide environmental, social and economic benefits and help build resilience, in particular in cities (H2020 Nature Based Solutions). Urban green infrastructure is one of the carriers of nature-based solutions. To increase the awareness and acceptance of nature-based solutions it is essential to increase the evidence base of their effectiveness. The European working group on mapping and assessing of ecosystems and their services (MAES) works on the development of this evidence base. In the context of the MAES working group a pilot has been executed with regards to the use of spatially explicit data on urban green infrastructure. The pilot has resulted in a framework for the use of these data in local policy making. This may be with regards to climate resilience, social cohesion, health or other relevant issues. The work program 2016-2017 of Horizon 2020 includes calls for more than 130 mio. EUR on nature-based solutions (in SC 5) and re-naturing cities (in SCC-2). Also in this context the use of spatially explicit data may be very relevant. Together with the European working group on Green Infrastructure we want to exchange experiences, learn and increase the evidence base between cities throughout Europe.