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B2 - Integrating ecosystem-based adaptation and ecosystem services into urban management strategies

Session Description

Facilitator: Sean O’Donoghue, Manager, Climate Protection Branch, Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department, eThekwini Municipality/Durban, South Africa 


  • Ecosystem Services framework as a tool to assess environmental trade-offs
    Harald Zepp, Professor, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum, Germany
  • Guimarães climate change adaptation strategy
    Amadeu Portilha, Vice Mayor, Guimarães Municipality, Portugal; and Isabel Loureiro, Executive Coordinator, Guimarães Landscape Laboratory, Portugal
  • Measuring urban resilience in China: Sponge City Demonstration Cases
    Yan Zheng, Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Urban and Environmental Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China; and LI Ying, Associate Research Fellow, National Climate Center, China Meteorological Administration 
  • Peri-urban Ecosystem for Urban Resilience – Experiences from Indo-Gangetic Plains of India            Nivedita Mani, Coordinator, Ecosystems Working Group, ACCCRN.NET, Gorakhpur, India; and Ajay Kumar Singh, Coordinator, Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group, Gorakhpur, India

Organized by: ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

National and sub national governments are integrating more and more ecosystem-based adaptation (EBA) into urban management strategies due to its potential for reducing cities vulnerabilities to several climate change impacts while safeguarding urban biodiversity and increasing the attractiveness and quality of life experienced in urban areas. This also applies for the conservation, sustainable management, and restoration of ecosystems for its relevant contributions to climate change adaptation and sustainable development through ecosystem services (ES) and its co-benefits for citizens.This session will bring together scientists and city representatives to share current trends and prospects related to EBA and ES research and applied solutions. The first presentation will explore the trade-off and linkages between three key concepts: ecosystem services, nature-based solutions in the context of urban development and participatory planning. Then, representatives from the City of Guimarães, Portugal will present the outcomes of the green and blue revitalization of its urban rivers which benefits 2,000 citizens and preserves its UNESCO World Heritage historical center. Lastly, China’s national and local level efforts to improve climate adaptation planning in urban areas will be discussed, including case studies from the Sponge Cities Demonstration, which applied nature-based solutions to improve resilience to rainstorms in 30 Chinese cities.