First City Lab visit with the NBSINFRA Consortium

NBSINFRA partners reunited in Dublin to share insights and updates followed by a visit to the Fingal City Lab  On March 25th, a Steering Committee meeting was held in Dublin, and the following day the partners had the opportunity to visit the Swords area, part of the Fingal City Lab, with the guidance of the […]

NBSINFRA partners reunited in Dublin to share insights and updates followed by a visit to the Fingal City Lab 

On March 25th, a Steering Committee meeting was held in Dublin, and the following day the partners had the opportunity to visit the Swords area, part of the Fingal City Lab, with the guidance of the Senior Parks Superintendent at Fingal County Council Kevin Halpenny and the Strategic Policy Unit at Fingal County Council Roisin Burke. 

The visit to Swords in Ireland provided the consortium with valuable insights into the municipality’s strategic plans for the upcoming years. One of the primary objectives outlined by the municipality of Swords is the revitalization of the Ward River Regional Park, with a keen focus on enhancing connectivity between the city center, the park, and the river. By re-evaluating and enhancing the Ward River Regional Park, the municipality aims to create a vibrant green space that serves as a recreational hub while also preserving the natural environment. In line with these goals, there are plans to decrease traffic congestion and reduce the number of parking spaces along main roads. Instead, there will be a shift towards prioritizing alternative modes of transportation such as cycling and walking, with dedicated areas. 

The Fingal City Lab is one of the five city labs across Europe set up by NBSINFRA to assess how cities can handle different challenges and stay resilient through Nature-based Solutions. Each city lab aims to investigate how NBS can protect local infrastructures, preserve biodiversity, and restore ecosystems confronting the challenges of climate change. Fingal aims to increase the resilience of the local economy and provide an accessible, inclusive, healthy urban environment.  

As NBSINFRA continues to lead the way in advancing NBS across Europe, the strategies developed through the five NBSINFRA City Labs will certainly help shape the future environments to be resilient, green and sustainable. 

Discover NBSINFRA: Watch the project’s presentation video

Empower, enhance, protect: NBSINFRA paves the way for resilient urban futures NBSINFRA presentation video showcases how the EU-funded project aims to boost local urban infrastructures resilience against natural and human caused hazards by designing, monitoring, and creating through the Nature-based solutions (NBS) for a sustainable and resilient society. Through five City Labs -Ruse, Bulgaria; Prague, […]

Empower, enhance, protect: NBSINFRA paves the way for resilient urban futures

NBSINFRA presentation video showcases how the EU-funded project aims to boost local urban infrastructures resilience against natural and human caused hazards by designing, monitoring, and creating through the Nature-based solutions (NBS) for a sustainable and resilient society.

Through five City Labs -Ruse, Bulgaria; Prague, Czechia; Fingal, Ireland; Aveiro, Portugal; Cologne, Germany- NBSINFRA is dedicated to maximizing its impact. This will be accomplished by prioritizing solutions that are owned and co-created by citizens, end-users, managers, and civil society.

With illustrations and real footage, the video vividly illustrates the domino effect caused by the climate change, damaging the local infrastructures, and how NBSINFRA is here to help!

Watch the video here to discover more.

 

 

Brussels Hosts CERIS 2023 Annual Event on Security Research

December 16, 2023, Brussels – The CERIS (Community of European Research and Innovation for Security) Annual Event 2023 successfully concluded after two days of insightful discussions and presentations on December 14th and 15th. Held in Brussels, the focus for this year was on “Fighting Crime and Terrorism/Resilient Infrastructure,” attracting a diverse group of participants including […]

December 16, 2023, Brussels – The CERIS (Community of European Research and Innovation for Security) Annual Event 2023 successfully concluded after two days of insightful discussions and presentations on December 14th and 15th. Held in Brussels, the focus for this year was on “Fighting Crime and Terrorism/Resilient Infrastructure,” attracting a diverse group of participants including security research practitioners, policy makers, researchers, civil society, and industry leaders.

The event aimed to initiate dialogue and foster partnerships across sectors to address the pressing challenges in security research and innovation. Centered around the theme of resilience against crime and terrorism, the conversations higlighted the need for collective action to improve societal safety and security.

The NBSINFRA coordinator Elisabete Teixeira (UMINHO)  was one of the speakers, and talked about the vital role of involving NGOs and CSOs (Civil Society Organizations) in consortiums, sharing the valuable experience and insights gained from NBSINFRA’s initiatives.

The CERIS Annual Event 2023 served as a critical platform for stakeholders to converge, share knowledge, and strategize on future directions in the fight against crime and terrorism, as well as in building resilient infrastructures. The discussions and outcomes from this event are expected to influence the trajectory of security research and innovation, promoting a more secure and resilient Europe.

NBSINFRA: Where nature meets resilience

The EU-funded project – NBSINFRA – has been launched to help advance the nature-based solutions in protecting critical urban infrastructure against hazards, and creating resilient urban environments against the climate change. NBSINFRA, is a new European project, set to work on advancing nature-based solutions for the protection of critical urban infrastructure against natural and human-caused hazards. By fostering […]

The EU-funded project – NBSINFRA – has been launched to help advance the nature-based solutions in protecting critical urban infrastructure against hazards, and creating resilient urban environments against the climate change.

NBSINFRA, is a new European project, set to work on advancing nature-based solutions for the protection of critical urban infrastructure against natural and human-caused hazards. By fostering innovation, community engagement, and sustainable practices, NBSINFRA strives to create resilient urban environments in the face of climate issues.

The consortium, led by Universidade do Minho in Portugal, is composed of experts in climate science, disaster risk management, infrastructure resilience, nature-based solutions, and adaptation measures. These experts, including the partner UNESCO, come from diverse backgrounds comprising academia, research, SMEs, local governments, and non-profits.

According to Elisabete Teixeira, project coordinator: “We are effectively evaluating nature-based solutions that respond to the needs of communities, with a view to achieving a more resilient society capable of overcoming the imminent challenges of extreme climate events and man-made hazards.”

NBSINFRA has selected five representative European regions with an equal number of “City Labs” in:

  • Aveiro, Portugal
  • Prague, Czechia
  • Ruse, Bulgaria
  • Fingal, Ireland
  • Cologne, Germany

The City Labs will assess the cost-effectiveness and social acceptability of nature-based solutions that will be citizen owned and co-created by end-users and managers and civil society, enhancing community empowerment. The City Labs are case studies, representing different local urban scenarios in Europe that encounter specific challenges.

One of the main outcomes of NBSINFRA will be the development of a comprehensive toolkit to enable various stakeholders, including local governments, infrastructure managers, and community members, to compare and select the most effective nature-based solutions for keeping critical urban infrastructure safe.