PLANES hosted three sessions at ESP Europe 2018 regional conference. Davide Geneletti, together with Daniele la Rosa (University of Catania), hosted session G1 on “Impact Assessment of Nature-based solutions”. The aim of the session was to share experiences on the impact assessment of Nature-based solutions, by i) discussing criteria and indicator frameworks that can be used to assess the impacts of Nature-based solutions, and ii) presenting results from empirical evaluations, conducted using both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Particularly, it focuses on various dimensions related to the performance of Nature-based solutions: cost-effectiveness; distributional and procedural equity; evidence on provided benefits; impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services; trade-offs and synergies among different ecosystem services; and innovative urban and environmental policies. An overview of the session including the abstracts is available here, while the presentations are available at the following link.
Blal Adem Esmail, together with Kremena Burkhard and Paulina Guerrero (Institute of Environmental Planning, Leibniz Universität Hannover), hosted session S5 on “Promoting sustainability through water-related concepts, approaches and tools for quantifying ES” related to ESP Sectoral Working Groups on ES in water management. The aim of the session was to share experience in relation to the application of water-related concepts and approaches for quantification of ES, investigating to what extent such concepts and approaches have contributed to building sustainable water management. An overview of the session including the abstracts is available here, while the presentations are available at the following link.
Chiara Cortinovis, together with Christian Albert (Leibniz Universität Hannover) and Andrea Arcidiacono (Polytechnic University of Milan), hosted session T14c on “Bottlenecks and opportunities for applying ecosystem services in spatial planning”, related to ESP Thematic Working Group on Application of ES in planning and management. The aim of the session was to to identify recurring bottlenecks in the application of ecosystem services in spatial planning, and to explore possible solutions for overcoming these challenges in practice. An overview of the session including the abstracts is available here, while the presentations are available at the following link. A joint discussion paper summarising the results of the session is under preparation.