Capacity-building and networking events for nature-based solutions and re-naturing in Malta
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 enhance the institutional research capacity and to develop stronger links between research, policy, and the business and stakeholder community. As such, the project is helping to position Malta as a front-runner country in research and innovation, and in the generation of novel NbS that tackle environmental challenges faced by modern societies.
Seven strategically designed training activities were delivered during the life-cycle of the project. These trainings have focused on the complex problems that are present in human-dominated environments, including the effects and impacts of urbanisation, such as rapidly emerging and changing landscapes in the areas of rural-urban interface. Cultural landscapes and the related complex social and environmental issues call for a rethinking of traditional landscape planning and management approaches in the twenty-first century. Participants had the possibility to interact and share experiences and activities with experts from the research and practitioners’ community during the practical and theoretical sessions that were carried out within each training and networking event.
You can read more about each training activity here: