12 November at 11 am CET
Emilio Martinez Vidal, City of Madrid will briefly present and then invite discussion inspired by:
The Metropolitan Forest Project consists on a forest belt embracing the city with native forest species contributing to the ecological restoration of degraded areas and the environmental improvement of the built environment. It will be supported by green areas qualified by the planning to achieve a green corridor on the edge of the municipality, contributing to the ecological continuity of natural spaces and green areas at the metropolitan and regional level.
The implementation of this project is planned through an international ideas contest for the selection of the best proposal for the planning and design of the metropolitan environmental green belt. During 2020-2021, some actions on municipal land will be developed that will allow testing solutions to be applied to the rest of the areas in terms of biodiversity, conditioning, sustainability, etc.
About the Lightning Labs
The ACT on NBS “Lightning Lab” knowledge-sharing sessions are intended to be relatively short forums, from within our community of practice and now beyond with interested parties, to engage in a process of collective learning. The lightning labs differ from webinars in that they are shorter in length (c. 25 minutes; strictly less than 30 minutes) and focus on the collaborative efforts behind a single nature-based solutions initiative or case study, ideally with a specific theme (e.g., Lightning Lab 1 with Cyprus Energy Agency was on starting NBS from scratch — through workshops, capacity building and co-designed mini-pilots, Lightning Lab 2 – Tirana introduced its orbital forest project).
Who are the participants?
The lightning labs are intended for the entire ACT on NBS community (the consortium’s delivery partners, cities, advisory board members, as well as colleagues from within their organizations who may not be directly working on ACT on NBS). In future lightning labs, we intend to also invite the participation of and engage laterally and externally with other peer organizations and NBS-related communities of practice, as well as other interested parties. We’re happy to “open up” participation to others outside the ACT on NBS network to the extent the guest speaker desires this.
What is the format of the labs and what are our objectives for them?
We’re aiming for the presentations on the case studies to be no longer than 10 minutes so the focus can be on the ensuing discussion with the participants in the remaining time, ideally so the entire Lightning Lab can total less than 30 minutes.
Through a thoughtful selection of a case study and its theme or themes, we hope a discussion can be sparked on the challenges and opportunities for aspects of the initiative that are potentially transferable to other contexts (as well as recognition for what aspects — technical/ environmental conditions, governance, financing, stakeholder consensus, etc. — that may be context-specific) and how important multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral collaboration and innovation were to the process leading to a particular outcome or expected outcome.
Another objective for the discussion is how the highlighted initiative might be supported, advanced, or scaled through the ACT on NBS community, if applicable and appropriate.