Beyond re-naturing cities: Integrating social justice and health equity in urban greening

13 December 2018, 09:00 - 15:00
Barcelona, Spain- Palau Macaya (Sala d’Actes)

Working languages: English, Catalan, Spanish (simultaneous translation service available)

Urban green and blue spaces have gained recognition over the past few years for their ability to create multi-functional public spaces, improve ecological connectivity, and provide benefits for urban communities. Cities around the world are now working together to bring nature back into the city.

The questions cities are grappling with in promoting greener cities are often related to the social dimension of urban green and blue spaces: Who actually has access to these spaces? What are the main benefits for people and communities, such as better health? Who are the real beneficiaries of those urban green and blue spaces? And what do cities need to keep in mind when planning, creating, and maintaining such spaces?

The projects ENABLE, NATURVATION and Greenlulus will hold an international symposium titled 'Beyond re-naturing cities: Integrating social justice and health equity in urban greening' as an official side event of the 11th International Forum on Urbanism (IFOU) congress in Barcelona on 13 December 2018. The aim of this symposium is to share research insights, showcase city experience, discuss, and point towards answers for more just and equitable urban green and blue spaces, thereby creating more resilient cities.

The symposium is co-organised by Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, SomNatura, XCT, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, ENT Environment and Management and IUCN. International researchers from the Stockholm Resilience Centre (Sweden), Humboldt University Berlin (Germany), University of Lodz (Poland), and the New School (United States) will join local researchers from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain) and representatives from the City of Barcelona to discuss considerations and challenges, as well as the implications of making cities healthier and accessible to all residents through urban nature.

The event is free of charge to all interested or working on greening cities. To view the programme, click here.

To register in Spanish, click here. To register in Catalan, click here. Please note that seating is limited.

*We apologise for the limitation in language for the registration and recommend using a translator if needed.*