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Nature-based solutions are becoming recognized as key to strengthening resilience through mitigation and adaptation to an increasingly changing climate. Urban environments and infrastructures are vulnerable to extreme weather events such as flooding and hurricanes.
At the same time, urban environments often impact the environment negatively and cause phenomena such as heat islands, cause pollution, and loss of biodiversity. How can we reduce these negative impacts and create urban spaces that work with nature instead of against it?
The seminar provides two talks on blue-green solutions in urban settings, followed by a panel discussions with representatives from Reykjavík municipality, the health sector, and a self-initiated local NGO.
The seminar is hosted in collaboration with the Institute for Sustainability Studies at the University of Iceland, and is a part of the event series In Line with Nature: Nature-based solutions and their effects in a wider context.
This year, nature-based solutions is the theme of the Nordic Council Environment Prize and the aim with the event series is to shed light on nature-based solutions and how they are being implemented in the Nordic Countries.
- Halldóra Hreggviðsdóttir, General Manager and Founder at Alta Consulting
- Hrund Ólöf Andradóttir, Professor of Environmental Engineering
- Björn Hauksson, member of Nature Friends Reykjavík
- Marianne Jensdóttir Fjeld, Project Manager for Water Framework Directive at the Icelandic Environment Agency
- Þórólfur Jónsson, Department Manager of Green Areas at the City of Reykjavík
Moderator: Katrín Oddsdóttir