EVENT

NBS for Health and Wellbeing – Webinar 2

LOCATION
Online
DATE
02 Dec 2020

Video

Topic

European research and innovation projects will share knowledge and their experience on the topic and will introduce measures that will be implemented in some of the European cities in order to create healthy, resilient and inclusive places.

Claudia’s presentation will be based on current literature and will also include a brief presentation of a survey distributed during the COVID-19 lockdown in Bologna, to explore how the current pandemic influences citizens perceptions of green areas in the city.

Clair’s presentation will briefly introduce the work of the EC Horizon 2020 Naturvation project, in particular, work to create an Urban Nature Atlas of 1000 cases of nature-based solutions from across 100 European cities. Using evidence from the Atlas and social, economic and health outcome indicators published by the Urban Audit, this presentation will show how different types of nature-based solutions (such as green walls and urban parks) relate to mortality indicators in cities and contribution to health.

Konstantinos will present the vision, challenges and perspectives of the H2020 VARCITIES project. The VARCITIES is to implement real, visionary ideas using Nature Based Solutions in eight cities from Greece to Sweden by co-design and co-creation strategy of local stakeholders. The innovative Health & Well Being (H&WB) VARCITIES platform will assess the sustainability and the impact of interventions through developing new and advancing existing H&WB KPIs based on inputs received from the municipalities, satellite data, citizens, etc. Finally, VARCITIES will provide new business opportunities for Europe and will create a strong network of stakeholders.

Speakers

Claudia de Luca

Claudia is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Department of Architecture, Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, since 2017. She is an Environmental scientist (MSc), now focusing on sustainable urban and spatial planning and urban and rural regeneration processes. Before joining the University, she worked for 4 years in the Research and Innovation team of a Spanish consultancy, mostly focusing on the development and implementation of European funded projects on environmental issues.

At the moment, her PhD focus on the use of nature to support transition towards more sustainable and resilient cities. Specifically, she works on sustainability and resilience through and of natural ecosystems (GBI and NBS) and the related ecosystem services in the city. In 2019 she spent a visiting period at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA), Barcelona, and in Spring 2020 started a collaboration with the Sustainable Earth Institute at the University of Plymouth (UK).

Involved in the Planning and Regeneration research group, she is actively involved in several H2020 and INTERREG funded project (RURITAGE, ClimateKIC ACTonNBS and MATCH-UP).

Clair Cooper

Clair is a PhD candidate with the EU Horizon 2020 Naturvation programme, an interdisciplinary partnership, led by Prof. Harriet Bulkeley at Durham University involving 14 institutions from across Europe. Clair’s role is to investigate how the characteristics of nature-based solutions are distributed within the urban realm and they relate to social, urban and public health inequalities. Clair’s research builds on her experience in the UK water industry where she was responsible for delivery of community-based water conservation programs. It’s here where Clair developed an interest in the relationship between greenspace, inequality and health, and how reconnection with nature can bring about sustainability transitions. Clair holds a degree in physical geography and environmental science and an MSc in Catchment Dynamics and Management.

Konstantinos Gompakis

Konstantinos is researcher at Technical University of Crete, will present vision, challenges and perspectives of the H2020 VARCITIES project. The VARCITIES is to implement real, visionary ideas using Nature Based Solutions in eight cities from Greece to Sweden by co-design and co-creation strategy of local stakeholders. The innovative Health & Well Being (H&WB) VARCITIES platform will assess the sustainability and the impact of interventions through developing new and advancing existing H&WB KPIs based on inputs received from the municipalities, satellite data, citizens, etc. Finally, VARCITIES will provide new business opportunities for Europe and will create a strong network of stakeholders.

Konstantinos Gobakis is Research associate at the School of Environmental Engineering of the Technical University of Crete, Greece. His research interests include prediction using artificial neural networks, management for the built environment, energy efficiency in buildings, cool materials, and energy efficiency and renewables. Since 2012, he is the main technical coordinator of more than 5 European funded projects.

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