Representation of the South Moravian region, Czech Liaison Office for Research, Development and Innovation (CZELO) and its partners are pleased to invite you to seminar "CHALLENGES FOR EU-CELAC COOPERATION IN SUSTAINABLE URBANIZATION: HOW BETTER RESTORE AND REHABILITATE URBAN ECOSYSTEMS".
The topic of sustainable urbanization has been included in the EU-CELAC Common Research Area and SOM Joint Communiqué in the March 2017 as a common priority. The first step towards bi-regional cooperation on the issue was made by the organization of an ALCUE-NET workshop in June 2017, hosted by Portugal, where experts and policy makers from both
CELAC and EU have convened and discussed opportunities for Research and Innovation (R&I) cooperation in the field of sustainable urbanization, in particular on Nature-based solutions.
Nature-based solutions allow improving the quality of ecosystems services delivered to citizens. In terms of water-flow regulation, this means, for example, restoring the original infiltration conditions of
the soil and reducing urban runoff, thus enhancing cities' climate proofing and mitigating water scarcity and flood problems, but also addressing ecological and environmental services through reduced
pollution, supporting the uptake of nutrients by vegetation, carbon sequestration and increase of biodiversity (NYC DEP, 2014). Nature-based solutions also add a large range of provisioning and cultural services,
resulting in positive impacts including improved urban landscapes, increased amenity value, enhanced social inclusion and improved health and life quality.
The seminar will present the policy view on the subject as well as stakeholders´ views, including the discussion of the challenge for the Latin America and Caribe. The other speakers include representatives of
RTD institutions based in the Latin America, in the Sweden and the Czech Republic.
We very much hope that you will be able to join us on 23 MAY 2018 at the KOWI MEETING ROOM, Rue du Trone 98, Brussels. Please register here:
http://geform.tc.cz/urbanization  before 16 May 2018. Registration opens at 9:30 and seminar starts at 10:00. Feel free to disseminate invitation to your colleagues and stakeholders.