Our first EKLIPSE call on NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS TO PROMOTE CLIMATE RESILIENCE IN URBAN AREAS – developing an impact evaluation framework (CALL FOR EXPERTISE No.1/2016) was hugely successful.
The call for experts resulted in 117 applications being received. The quality of applications was extremely high, and the final selection of only 15 experts with a broad range of expertise (natural and social sciences, practitioners, planners and architects) and geographical representation was very difficult. We are happy to announce that all experts selected have agreed to be part of the expert working group.
The co-chairs of this group are Christopher Raymond (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences), Carlo Calfapietra (National Research Council, Rome) and Niki Frantzeskaki (Erasmus University Rotterdam). The other members of the expert working group are:
- Corina Basnou (Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF), Barcelona)
- Mark de Bel (Deltares, Utrecht)
- Pam Berry (University of Oxford)
- Margaretha Breil (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) and the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change (CMCC))
- Marco Cardinaletti (EUROCUBE srl)
- Vera Enzi (European Federation of Green Roof and Wall Associations)
- Davide Geneletti (University of Trento)
- Nadja Kabisch (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
- Leor Lovinger (International Federation of Landscape Architects Europe)
- Ana Monteiro (University of Porto)
- Mihai Razvan Nita (University of Bucharest)
- Holger Robrecht (Local Governments for Sustainability, European Secretariat)
The expert group met in Brussels on July 28th 2016 for their first meeting, where they ensured common understanding of the request among experts and planned their work over the next five months.
The above group work closely with the other experts who applied for the call and who have indicated their willingness for further engagement. This larger group support the expert working group by suggesting sources of information on nature-based solutions to promote climate resilience in urban areas; and highlighting gaps in our current knowledge; review the outputs of the expert group; take part in online discussions on nature-based solutions and other topics. EKLIPSE facilitates this involvement over the coming months.
Review the method protocol of EKLIPSE expert working group on Nature based Solutions
In August, the expert group had elaborated their draft protocol for the design of an impact evaluation framework that can be used in an adaptive management approach with the demonstration NBS projects. The review of this draft protocol was public and has been broadly disseminated. Anyone was free to comment or give the expert group feedback until September 2nd using this Excel spreadsheet. Comments or forms were sent to email@example.com unless the reviewer wished to remain annoymous in which case comments were sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The review process resulted in 22 individuals or organisations giving feedback on the draft protocol. The expert working group worked hard to include as much relevant comments as possible.
Please find here the revised method protocol of EKLIPSE expert working group on Nature Based Solutions.
Review the impact evalutation framework of ELIPSE expert working group on Nature based Solutions
Following the method protocol, the expert working group is now working on the main core of their work: an impact evaluation framework with a list of criteria for assessing NBS’ performance in dealing with challenges related to climate resilience. The objective is that this framework is applied within the newly starting H2020-funded NBS demonstration projects for increasing urban resilience to climate change, in order to be able to build a joint evidence base on co-benefits but also challenges of NBS. The draft report will be ready by the second week of November.
EKLIPSE is committed to ensure the usability of all its products and will therefore ensure a review process of this draft report engaging a range of stakeholders. The review process will be as follow:
- Organisation of a virtual Focus Group meeting involving representatives of ongoing FP7/H2020 projects with hands-on experience in similar fields, representatives from cities or city development agencies, DG R & I and two of the three co-chairs of the NBS Expert Working Group. The main objective of this focus group is to consult experts from ongoing projects and get feedback on the applicability of the framework, including gaps in reporting and suggested strategies for addressing them. This Focus Group meeting will be held on November 14th from 9am to 12pm and will be via GoToMeeting.
- External expert review of the report (mid‐November to early December, 2016)
- Public consultation on the draft report – the draft report will be placed on the EKLIPSE website allowing members of the public to comment on it between mid‐November and early December,