An important component of URBES is the interaction with people outside of the project for mutual knowledge sharing between academics policy-makers, planners, practitioners and the public. Our training component allows knowledge from people with different positions in society to directly contribute on the project development. Training sessions are carried out during 2013 and 2014 under the guidance of WP 9, with the aim to find how cities can develop to benefit human and ecological well-being with a long-term perspective.
Thank you all participants in the second URBES training session for local government representatives, Bonn, May 27-28!
Following up on the success of the first training session, the Gustav Streseman Institute, Bonn, Germany, was the host venue for the second URBES training session. The session began with a full-day training on May 27, where scientists presented tools and methods for modeling of urban ecosystems in resilience assessment, and discussed how modeling of urban ecosystems can support decision-making. The session was followed by participation in the Open European Day on Climate Change Adaptation on May 28th. Read more on the Open European Day here.
First URBES training session stimulates learning for local governments
The 1st URBES Training Session took place in Barcelona (Spain) the 13-15 November 2013, hosted by ICLEI and IUCN, in their capacities as coordinators for the creation of a science-policy framework where local-level representatives exchange knowledge with the URBES scientific partners. The Training was kindly supported by ICTA, the University of Barcelona and the Diputatió de Barcelona. Focus was on a science-practice dialogue on the monetary and non-monetary valuation of biodiversity and ecosystem services.
The first training session included participants from local authorities, the private sector and scientific institutions. The session gave space to some of the URBES scientists to present their work, and included interactive sessions where participants discussed in-depth what they had learned. A study tour of the city of Barcelona was organized. Participants used their new knowledge in a simulated council discussion, and were awarded a certificate as the first successful URBES practitioners. Two more training sessions will be held in 2014. Another highlight was the book launch of the scientific foundation from the Cities and Biodiversity Outlook project. The book, Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services – Challenges and Opportunities. A Global Assessment is the world’s first assessment of global urbanization processes and their links to ecosystems and biodiversity.
Our training components are especially designed to foster discussions and give the participants practical examples of how ecoystems and biodiversity can be integrated in urban planning and decision-making. We will soon open the registration form for our third training session below, so stay tuned.