Past activities

Past activities linked to requests


1st Knowledge Synthesis Process 

Nature-based Solutions to Promote Climate Change Resilience in Urban Areas - developing an impact evaluation framework.

This request from the European Commission DG Research and Innovation was to develop an assessment framework to evaluate the multiple benefits, disservices, trade-offs and synergies of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS). The main purpose of the request was to apply this framework to H2020-funded NBS demonstration projects for increasing urban resilience to climate change.

The resulting Call for Experts (No.1/2016) closed on June 17th 2016 and was hugely successful, with 117 applications being received and 15 experts being selected to form the EKLIPSE Expert Working Group on Nature‐based Solutions to Promote Climate Resilience in Urban Areas. Read more about the selection process here.

The Expert Working Group on NBS, as it became known, developed a peer-reviewed method protocol in October 2016. The outputs from this project include a final report and a peer-reviewed article which were published in 2017.   


Other activities relating to the NBS request

Social Innovation and Nature-based Solutions

In December 2016, EKLIPSE, EPBRS and BiodivERsA jointly organised a participatory foresight workshop in Brussels to discuss research needed to face future societal challenges and emerging issues. The workshop resulted in a presentation, main report with annexes, and a policy brief summarising key recommendations for science policy on NBS and social innovation.


Science Cafe: Nature-based solutions in urban areas

Helsinki, September 2016
The first EKLIPSE science cafe event was held in Helsinki on the 6th September 2016. It was linked to the request "Nature-based solutions in urban areas" and members of the public were encouraged to come discuss and dream with scientists about future cities where nature is the key to improving urban lives and protecting the environment. The science cafe was filmed and the video can be watched here.