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PLACES lab co-hosts a successful session at the 3rd ESP Europe Conference in Tartu, Estonia

Held on June 9, the session was co-organized by the PLACES Lab - as part of the ESP Sectorial Working 5 on Ecosystem Services in Water Management - and the Baltic Environmental Form-Latvia, with contributions from eight international research institutions, including the United Nations University, Conservation International, USA, the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, and Humboldt University, Berlin.

The session gathered empirical evidence from seventeen international case studies, from the watershed to the urban scale, on nature-based solutions for water management and green and blue infrastructure improvements, and highlighted the potential for effective integration and governance of freshwater systems from the local to regional, national, and community levels. Among other things, the session shed light on some key factors deemed significant in facilitating or hindering the adoption of nature-based solutions as viable solutions to current water challenges, such as context, types of individual and organizational actors, social and technical tools, and governance processes. Ultimately, the session contributes to a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities for integrating nature-based solutions to achieve improved water management and conservation.



The session “Planning and implementing Nature-based Solutions for water management at different scales" is part of the Third ESP Europe Regional conference organized by the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP), which took place in Tartu, Estonia, June 7-10, 2021, with the theme "Ecosystem Services Science, Policy and Practice in the face of Global Changes." Organized as a hybrid event, allowing for both in-person and digital participation, the ESP conference was attended by more than 400 researchers, practitioners, and policy and decision makers.

PLACES lab member Dr. Jingxia Wang presents research on neogeography methods at the third ESP Europe Conference in Tartu, Estonia.

On June 10, PLACES Lab member Dr. Jingxia Wang presented her research results in the title of “Harnessing neogeography methods in ecosystem services assessment: A scoping review for the context of green infrastructure planning” in the session T14: Recent advances in green and blue infrastructure ecosystem services and disservices. From rural to urban spaces. Her talk had a strong focus in the applications of the Internet of Things (IoT) for urban green infrastructure planning. In her presentation, the applications of IoT have been investigated in terms of their potential contributions to urban green infrastructure planning (e.g. climate change adaptation, noise attenuation and cultural ecosystem services). Her presentation was commented as a top-level talk by the host Prof. Dr. Paulo Pereira (Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania) and greatly vivid discussions were provoked regarding the Internet of Nature and methodological developments in wearable sensors, remote sensing and crowdsourcing for urban ecosystem services. It has been highlighted that it is the time to close the gaps between the development of the Internet of Nature in urban ecosystem services and the evolution of urban green infrastructure planning.

The presented research is an undergoing project collaborated with Prof. Dr. Uwe Schlink (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig) and will further cooperate with other projects led by Prof. Schlink such as DFG-project ExpoAware, Helmholtz Climate Initiative (HI-CAM)  and BMBF project KlimaKonform. The presentation slides provided by Jingxia Wang, Uwe Schlink and Christian Albert can be retrieved at this link.



PLACES lab member Dr Blal Adem Esmail shares testimony at the 3rd ESP Europe Conference in Tartu, Estonia.

“Why I appreciate being part of the ESP Community” was the title of the ESP Forum where Dr. Blal Adem Esmail of the PLACES Lab shared testimony of his long membership, and contributions to the ESP community, including his role on the Lead Team of Sectoral Working Group 5 on "Ecosystem Services in Water Management". Held immediately following the opening speeches by Anne Teller (European Commission), Sylvia Barova (CINEA, European Commission) and Nina Kaiser (University of Duisburg-Essen), the ESP Forum was attended by more than four hundred participants.

The related video can be found here.




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