Nature-Based Solutions: From Innovation to Common Use (NBS2017)

The NBS2017 conference was the flagship conference of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. NBS2017 was organised by the Estonian Ministry of the Environment and Tallinn University and it was held on 24 – 26 October 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia. Short video with the main highlights of the conference can be found below:

During three days, over 400 participants from 39 different countries participated with around 50 presentations on nature-based solutions topics.

The conference was divided into five thematic topics:

  • Blue-green infrastructure in smart cities;
  • Integrated water management through natural systems;
  • ICT as a supporting tool for nature-based solutions and ecosystems;
  • Ecological restoration through eco-innovation;
  • NBS in circular economy;

After intense three days of discussions and presentations one could conclude that Europe definitely has the ability to become one of the leaders in the field of nature-based solutions. Our focus must, along other important details, be set on communication, collaboration and the exchange of best practices (which already exist). There is also a need for development of concrete business models on NBS that are based on sound science and viable case studies.

You can find the eBOOK with all the conference abstracts at the following link: https://nbs2017.eu/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/NBS2017_AbstractBook_211217.pdf

SC5 NCPs from NCPs CaRE network participated at the conference with an info desk with the aim to support the clients in NBS related topics in Horizon 2020 SC5 work programme.

This conference has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 769003.