18 Nov 2015

Transition Talk #3


Nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation and mitigation from a transitions’ perspective

18 November 2015, Bonn, Germany

European Conference on Nature-based Solutions to Climate Change in Urban Areas and their Rural Surroundings – Linkages between Science, Policy and Practice (‪http://www.ecbcc2015.com)


Sustainable alternatives such as nature-based solutions are out there, from community gardens through urban renaturing initiatives to sustainable food cooperatives. The question is how do we find them and how can we use this knowledge to accelerate urban sustainability transitions.


The aim of this session is to look into the impact of local transition initiatives that promote and implement nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation and mitigation. These actor-networks that we call transition initiatives come in various shapes and sizes, led by actors from public, private and civil society sectors or spanning across sectoral divides, and have become increasingly visible in many European cities. Active in the fields such as urban agriculture and sustainable food or reuse and recycling of resources, transition initiatives foster new relationships, new institutions and, ultimately, can contribute to the emergence of new urban realities.

What are these new urban realities that we see emerging in our cities? How can we understand and describe the changes happening?

We want to invite all interested researchers, policy makers and practitioners to join us in diving deep into selected local examples, unpacking the impacts, barriers and drivers faced by transition initiatives. Following questions will kick-start our discussion:

  • What is the relationship between transition initiatives and established policy actors, such as e.g. local governments?
  • What policy, social or spatial changes can be linked to their activities?
  • What is their impact on a local economy?
  • What are the mechanisms that enable scaling up or replication of transition initiatives within or across cities and regions?



We will openly share and discuss on-going research on nature-based solutions from a transitions perspective that will follow the format of Pecha Kucha presentation and invite 4 case study presentations on the questions addressed above that will also follow the Pecha Kucha format. The Pecha Kucha format has 10 slides with only pictures (no text allowed) to present in 5 minutes a storyline, point to reflect or output from examination (e.g. case study work). We take the Pecha Kucha format on board as an alternative way to present case study results that will ignite a dialogue on the theme of the transformative potential of nature-based solutions for cities.


*** Should you have any questions or inquiries about your presentation, please contact Nadja Kabisch (nadja.kabisch@ufz.de), for questions related to registration or financial support, please contact ecbcc2015@be-frank.de

*** Are you  a member of a community based initiatve on nature-based solutions and want to participate in this event? Please contact Ania Rok at ania.rok@iclei.org.