The city of Barcelona has an entire strategy dedicated to taking care of its trees, called the Tree Masterplan. To create this Masterplan, the city talked to over 700 different people - from gardeners to urban planners and from restaurant owners to street cleaners - to understand their needs, viewpoints and opinions on this topic. In the Swedish city of Malmö, the Municipal Housing Company has gone a step further and is actively engaging everyone from local residents to utility companies to design and implement blue and green features in its neighbourhoods.
In this episode of the Creating Green Cities podcast, we talk about the governance of urban nature-based solutions. While there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to governance, there is strong evidence supporting the added value of involving various actors in collaborative approaches when implementing and managing nature-based solutions. The episode features interviews with Gabino Carballo from the team behind Municipality of Barcelona’s “Tree Master Plan”, Tanja Hasselmark Mason and Mikaela Gomez from the Swedish Green Roof Institute in Malmö and Logan Strenchock, Environmental and Sustainability Officer at the Central European University in Budapest. Our podcast guests discuss the keys to success in creating and managing initiatives related to urban nature and why it is worth it to engage many different people in the process.
Taking action – lessons from NATURVATION project: https://naturvation.eu/action
Urban Nature online course: https://www.coursera.org/learn/urban-nature
NATURVATION project: https://naturvation.eu/
Ecologic Institute: http://ecologic.eu
This project has been funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 730243.