Nature based solutions for sustainable and resilient cities
4-7 April 2017, Orvieto, Italy
The main objective of the Conference is to show how a trans-disciplinary approach to urban planning based on Urban Forests and Green Infrastructure as Nature Based Solutions are able to maximize Ecosystem Services provision making future cities more resilient and sustainable.
Green Infrastructure (GI) with particular focus on Urban Forests can contribute to the improvement of the urban environment through a number of mitigation actions. This is especially valid for the tree component of vegetation due to larger biomass and extended canopies.
The improvement of environmental and social/health conditions will lead to a long-term improvement in health conditions of populations, because of an improved urban environment (clean air, less polluting elements, less noise pollution) and better quality of life (more leisure opportunities, less stress, increasing social cohesion).
We expect people living/working in urban areas can take advantage of innovative Nature Based Solutions (NBS) which have GI as a main component, promoting them to other citizens and to other cities, along the lines of large investments such as the H2020 framework programme on this topic.
The Conference will bring together urban foresters, landscape architects, arborists, plant physiologists, ecologists, economists, epidemiologists, sociologists, students, urban planners and managers and enable different communities such as researchers and academics, practitioners, policy makers, administrators, and the private sector to exchange knowledge and insights.
The Conference will be organized in Plenary sessions and in 12 Parallel sessions which will include both oral presentations and poster exhibitions.
A Special Issue of the Journal Urban Forestry & Urban Greening (UFUG) will be realized with papers presented at the Conference.
Deadline for abstract submission: 31 October 2016