Nature-based solutions

Blog, Collaborative Learning, Nature-based solutions, Urban trees

What do Belo Horizonte, Bogotá and Mexico City have in common, apart from being vibrant metropolises to live in?

They have been selected in the first call of the CLEARING HOUSE knowledge exchange mechanism. The global objective of the CLEARING HOUSE knowledge exchange mechanism is to promote capacity development and exchange of knowledge and practices on urban forests as nature-based solutions (UF-NBS), based on peer-to-peer exchanges and scientific support regarding UF-NBS challenges.

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Blog, Nature-based solutions, Urban forests

22 case studies illustrating the importance of UF-NBS in Europe and China!

CLEARING HOUSE partners have collected data from 22 selected UF-NBS case studies in Europe and China. The analysis of these cases illustrated the high importance of UF-NBS as contributing to health, well-being and quality of life.
All case studies are available here below.

The analysis looks into the entire development cycle of UFBS, ranging from design and planning up to implementation (governance and management), monitoring and ecosystem service delivery (taking into account biodiversity aspects), including the analysis of their effects on urban societies’ wellbeing (e.g. public health as well as socio-environmental justice and gender issues).

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Blog, Collaborative Learning, Nature-based solutions, Urban forests

Co-Design Workshop in Kraków: Drwinka River Park

On October 13-14, 2021, the workshop on the protection of River Parks took place in Krakow. It was a second co-design workshop (you may read also about the first one) organised by The Sendzimir Foundation in cooperation with the project partner, the Kraków Municipal Greenspace Authority.

The meeting focused on the Drwinka River Park, as an example of an area of ​​special environmental and social value for Krakow. This area provides important ecosystem services to the city, but it is under threat from potential investment and requires active protection.

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Blog, Nature-based solutions, Urban forests

CLEARING HOUSE in 2021 – Project overview

During 2021, CLEARING HOUSE has seen its first mid-term project review in June 2021. This milestone was planned to mark the end of the first phase of the project. Unfortunately some outcomes were delayed due to the COVID-crisis, but other outcomes were on time and exiting. Highlights of the year where the Urban Forestry Days, the Inspirational Package for teenagers and the first full CLEARING HOUSE webinar.Read more

Blog, Nature-based solutions, Urban forests, Urban trees

120 Minutes, 1200 Trees

Climate neighbourhoods as laboratories and examples for sustainable neighbourhoods

Within the Strategic Project Horizon+ in which the Province of Flemish Brabant plays a coordinating role, four so-called klimaatwijken or ‘climate neighbourhoods’ were selected in which a participation process will be launched in the coming years in order to create sustainable, biodiverse and green neighbourhoods in collaboration with residents and garden owners.Read more

Blog, Nature-based solutions, Urban forests, Webinar

First Webinar wrap up – Urban Forests as Nature-Based Solutions, State of the art

One of the objective of the EU Green Deal is to have 3 billions more trees in Europe by 2030, and this will partly be accomplished by implementing sustainable Urban Forests Nature-Based Solutions strategies” shared Sofie Vandewoestijne, project advisor at the European Commission’s Research Executive Agency, recalling the European Commission supports projects such as CLEARING HOUSE.Read more

Blog, Collaborative Learning, Nature-based solutions, Urban forests


South of Barcelona, the Llobregat is a historic river that has played a major role in propelling Catalonia to grow and prosper. Its lowermost territories are a biodiversity hotspot and offer a wide variety of ecosystem services to the nearby metropolitan areas, such as food and fresh water. However, over-exploited to power industries, irrigate crops and provide drinking water, living space and a transport network to millions of people, the lowest portion of the river is heavily populated and under a high level of pressure.Read more

Blog, Collaborative Learning, Nature-based solutions, NBS events

CLEARING HOUSE joins the #EdibleCitySolutions campaign to raise awareness about green urban food innovation

Food isn’t just fuel – it connects us all.

Whether it’s in the form of urban agriculture initiatives, underground or rooftop farms, community gardens or healthy cooking workshops, millions of city dwellers around the world are already bringing the food they eat closer to the cities they live in, and bringing people together at the same time.

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