21 JUN 2021

After three years filled with exciting training events, nature-based solutions studies and stakeholder engagement activities, ReNature held the project’s final conference on 15 and 16 June 2021 in an entirely online environment.  The project’s final Advisory Board meeting and General Assembly took place on 15 June, whereas the official closing event was held on 16 June and was open for the wider public. The event was participated by all ReNature members from the...

10 JUN 2021

ReNature is glad to announce that the project partner Prof Davide Geneletti (University of Trento, Italy) has received the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments in research in the field of environmental planning.  The Foundation is established by the German government and is annually awarding internationally renowned academics from outside Germany in recognition of their outstanding...

3 JUN 2021

From 7 to 10 June 2021, ReNature is going to participate in the third Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) Conference, which will take the form of a hybrid event and will tackle the issue of ecosystem services science, policy and practice in the face of Global Changes. In the light of the emerging Global Changes, such as Climate Change which has unfolded over the course of the last decade and is drastically affecting ecosystems, human societies and...

25 MAY 2021

After three years filled with exciting trainings, nature-based solutions (NbS) studies and field work activities, ReNature is announcing the project’s final conference, which will take place on 15 and 16 June 2021 in an entirely online environment.  The event is going to showcase some of the most memorable achievements of the project, such as the ReNature-organised capacity-building training schools and networking events. The successful collaborations for implementing NbS will...

19 MAY 2021

Nature-based solutions (NbS) have the potential to build climate resilience and tackle key societal challenges while also providing multiple co-benefits to biodiversity and human well-being. The demand for nature-based innovation is strongly felt in Malta – a small island state, with the highest population density in the European Union. Against this background, the aim of the capacity-building activities carried out within the life-cycle of the Horizon 2020 project ReNature was to...

13 MAY 2021

In January 2021, our project partner Prof Davide Geneletti from the University of Trento, Italy participated in The Post COVID-19 City Challenge with a proposal for Renaturing marginal public spaces for people and ecosystems, where the submission received a winning prize. The Post COVID-19 City Challenge has been organised by the Belmont Forum-funded consortium IFWEN in a collaboration with the MIT Center for collective intelligence’s Pandemic Response Colab team. The purpose...

11 MAY 2021

The second and last ReNature interdisciplinary training school took place on 15 to 18 March 2021 in an entirely online environment. More than 50 people from all around the world gathered for the four-day event, where together with ReNature's team of experts, the planning of nature-based solutions (NbS) in cities has been discussed. The organising team sought to ensure that the training school would host a wide diversity of applicants working in different fields that are of...

9 APR 2021

ReNature-supported study investigating the practical applications of ecosystem services in spatial planning is now available in the Environmental Science & Policy journal. The research is based on a systematic literature review and has been conducted by a team of international experts from University of Trento, Italy, Lund University, Sweden and Ruhr-University, Bochum, Germany. The integration of ecosystem service (ES) knowledge into decision-making processes is increasingly endorsed by...

25 MAR 2021

ReNature held the project’s second and last of the series interdisciplinary training school on planning nature-based solutions (NbS) in cities. From 15 to 18 March 2021 more than 50 people from all around the world attended the four-day training, held in an entirely online environment. Despite the opposed restrictions, the training was deemed a great success, as the absolute majority of the participants were satisfied with the way the school was organised. According to the quality...

23 MAR 2021

The latest policy update in the Future Brief, published in the Science for Environment Policy news and information service, looks into the current changes and amendments in the forecasting of environmental policy issues. The focus of the publication is placed on the excellence of nature-based solutions (NbS) and their likelihood to fight against climate change. What becomes apparent in the Future Brief is the connection between biodiversity, climate and health crisis. Climate change...

19 MAR 2021

ReNature-funded study investigating the challenges in the life-cycle of wetlands management to integrate sustainability and good governance is now available in the Journal of Environmental Engineering and Landscape Management. The assessment of management effectiveness during the whole life-cycle process of Protected Areas (PAs) has recently become an increasing issue, according to the study. Wetlands are known to be covering approximately 6% of the planet’s landmass and do sustain an...

2 MAR 2021

After successfully applying for a spot at the The Nature of Cities (TNOC) Festival, ReNature is happy to report back from the exciting virtual festival. The project participated with a ReNature-dedicated seed session on "How to increase the use of effective nature-based solutions in urban planning?" The presentation was given by ReNature’s coordinator Mario Balzan, with the strong support from the project partners Davide Geneletti, Marcus Collier and Miriam Grace. The session...

11 FEB 2021

ReNature is glad to share that the project has been accepted to participate at The Nature of Cities (TNOC) Festival, which will take place from 22-26 February 2021 in an entirely online environment. TNOC is a transdisciplinary event for scientists, architectures, planners, policy makers and many more. It combines the international community of urban thinkers into exploring and celebrating the environmental justice aspects of green city building. The five-day festival, themed "Better...

14 JAN 2021

We are happy to announce ReNature’s second Interdisciplinary Training School: Planning nature-based solutions in cities. From 15 to 18 March 2021 PhD students and early-career researchers are welcome to join the online event. The purpose of training is to provide the participants with an in-depth understanding of the various opportunities to mainstream nature-based solutions in urban planning and how the coherent design of nature-based solutions can provide co-benefits to...

7 JAN 2021

ReNature wishes you a very healthy and prosperous new year! The emergence of Covid-19 resulted in a great deal of challenges and limitations. Regardless, the ReNature team maintained united in our common goal to promote the excellence of nature-based solutions.  We have gathered our most impactful achievements during 2020 in a short video.   

18 DEC 2020

A press release on the ReNature open-access research collection is now available in the online science news portal EurekAlert! and the European Commission’s news and events service CORDIS Wire. The announcement informs about the ReNature collection, recently published in the Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO) journal, which promotes key outputs on the excellence of nature-based solutions for innovation, sustainable economic growth and human well-being in Malta. The ReNature research...

25 NOV 2020

А recent article from a group of international experts, amongst whom are leading ReNature team members, is now available in the Environmental Science & Policy Journal. The paper investigates the topic of Priority knowledge needs for implementing nature-based solutions in the Mediterranean islands. The publication informs of the environmental challenges with which the Mediterranean area is faced, resulting from high population density, reliance on imports, and water scarcity. All...

18 NOV 2020

The third article from the ReNature collection is now available in the open science journal Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO). The paper Capacity-building and networking events for nature-based solutions and re-naturing in Malta, informs on the six strategically designed training activities, which have been delivered during the first half of the projects’ lifespan. The article yields a selection of learning materials from leading international experts derived from each of the...

29 OCT 2020

The first open-source compendium, containing data on nature-based solutions in Malta and the Mediterranean, is now available in the Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO) Journal as part of the ReNature collection.  By sharing the successful outcomes of implemented nature-based solutions, ReNature is setting an example of good practices for practitioners and the research community. As such, the creation of an open-access compendium plays a vital part in the development of knowledge and...