Cities and researchers in China and EU are experimenting with UF-NBS at different urban scales, from the regional, peri-urban to the street level. These efforts create a living laboratory for new ideas on how to plan, establish, govern, manage and monitor tree-rich landscapes for the benefit of urban societies at large.
At the same time, there is an urgent need to systematically review, connect and expand the existing fragmented knowledge and experience on the potential of UF-NBS. This need is the starting point for CLEARING HOUSE: bringing together two major arenas of urban development, Europe and China, the motivation is to learn across local experiences and to improve the development of what is collectively termed the “urban forest” at a larger scale.
In the Brussels area, Bruxelles Environment (Brussels Capital Region), and the Province of Vlaams Brabant, explored possibilities to strengthen ecological connectivity at the edges of the Sonian Forest. In the public space, the project seeks to integrate nature based solutions and mobility infrastructure by developing and discussing with local stakeholders the concept of Park Street. In the private space, it mobilises garden owners as important partners and stewards in the development of the urban forest. By doing so, urban vegetation and green become dots to be linked to extend the Sonian forest in the urban fabric.
City pairings and specific UF-NBS challenges
Specific questions identified as critical will be addressed by the CLEARING HOUSE research team in a comparative setting. The city pairings and specific UF-NBS challenges will be further solidified in view of enabling the most insightful comparative analysis in response to the co-design process.
Business model for inner-city afforestation and UF-NBS for enhancing urban-rural territorial linkage.
European capital city, densely populated areas targeting nearby natural sites for the development of a network of recreational areas.