Urbis Dialogues

The URBIS Webinar Series is a global platform for online dialogue, held the first Thursday of every month, that brings together representatives of cities and local governments and leading experts from around the world to share experiences and address specific urban challenges focusing on the sustainable use of regional biodiversity and ecosystem services to support social development in a rapidly urbanizing world.  

The webinars address new developments in urban design, planning and management with a strong perspective on the practical implementation of new knowledge, tools and methods. They also explore collaborative opportunities and encourage strategizing, with regards to ways forward within the urban biodiversity realm with a special focus on cities and regions. 

Each webinar lasts 75 minutes divided in two distinct parts: 45 minutes for speakers’ presentations and 30 minutes for Q&A and discussion between speakers and participants. The URBIS Dialogues are facilitated in a highly interactive and participatory manner conducive to constructive discourse and candid debate.

OBJECTIVES

The Webinar Series aims to increase practitioners’ capacity and knowledge on how to better integrate urban development with the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable use of natural resources, within a broader quest to engender cities with greater social-ecological resilience in the context of global environmental change.

OVERARCHING THEMES

  • Creating policy for sustainable city-building
  • Financing green infrastructure
  • How to mainstream the issues discussed during the webinar
  • Interconnectivity between urban ecosystems, peri-urban and rural areas
  • Strengthening participatory processes for urban planning
  • Embedding climate change and resilience in urban development
  • Strengthening the green economy at urban level
  • Clarifying how the issues addressed can be applied to both large and small cities in the north and south, as well as for existing cities and future ones
  • Emphasizing the benefits of biodiversity and ecosystems for society and the economy
  • How to put nature based solutions into practice

WEBINAR SCHEDULE

URBIS Dialogue 13: Greening the built environment part 2:  Enhancing and restoring habitats Habitat enhancement, restoration and creation 21 June…

21 June 2016

URBIS Dialogue 12: Connecting cities and their natural area regional networks of greenspaces REGISTER HERE MAY 12, 2016 4:00 PM CEST…

12 May 2016

URBIS Dialogue 11: The importance of scale in understanding urban patterns and applying nature-based and community-based solutions REGISTER HERE APRIL…

14 April 2016

URBIS Dialogue 10: Biophilic Design: Incorporating nature in design REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR HERE: 10 MARCH 2016 2:00 PM CEST After…

10 March 2016

URBIS Dialogue 9: Greening the built environment Part 1: The face of urban infrastructure is changing REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR HERE:…

11 February 2016

URBIS Dialogue 8: The urban commons: the many ways in which nature in the city serves as a commons resource,…

14 January 2016

URBIS Dialogue 7: Ecosystem services, part 2: transferring knowledge into useful action and policy Key controversies in this area are:…

5 November 2015

URBIS Dialogue 6: What is the relationship between livability, sustainability and resilience? This webinar is the 6th in a 15-part series…

1 October 2015

URBIS Dialogue 5: Citizen participation and stewardship: Whose earth is it anyway? This webinar will focus on long term governance and…

3 September 2015

URBIS Dialogue 4:  Ecosystem Services: Part 1. Analyzing the current condition of the city This webinar is the 4th in…

6 August 2015

URBIS Dialogue 3: Reconciling economic development, investment opportunities and the value of nature and urban green infrastructure - identifying policies and incentives…

2 July 2015

URBIS Dialogue 2: How to create and support city and regional policy for effective nature-based solutions to urban sustainability, resilience and…

4 June 2015

URBIS Dialogue 1: ”What is urban?”: presenting an overview of the multiple dimensions of our urban biosphere.  

7 May 2015

Previous Videos

Reconciling economic development, investment opportunities and the value of nature and urban green infrastructure – identifying policies and incentives for livable cities Read More

How to create and support city and regional policy for effective nature-based solutions to urban sustainability, resilience and livability. Read More

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