22th – 26th of October 2018

Pati Llimona, Barcelona

Day 1: Welcome & Networking

10h00- 11h00 Introduction to the week and partners presentations + Event highlights and conference.

11h00-11h30 Coffee break

11h30 – 13h00 Networking activity

13h00 – 14h30 Lunch

15h00 – 18h00 Social activities       

15h00 – 16h30 Itinerary: The other side

Ulla Taipale (FI/CAT) is art curator, researcher and artist. Her work The Other Side, installed in the historical cemetery of Poblenou, Barcelona is a literary visit to the fascinating world of bees. According to classical mythology, bees have the ability to travel between the realms of the living and the dead. A smartphone app, Arilyn, allows participants to listen to excerpts of writings from different periods that contain references to these insects.As a part of the PROGRESS program, Taipale guides the participants through the thought-provoking itinerary and our common history with bees. The Other Side was a part of Beehave exhibition of Fundació Miró, and will be exhibited in the cemetery of Poblenou until the end of the year. More about the artwork here

16h30 – 18h00 Visit to urban public orchard in Sagrada Familia neighborhood

Public orchard from the municipal orchards network oriented to elderly (+65) people of the neighborhood. This project will be guided by Mireia Abril Janer from Urban Ecology department  (Barcelona city Council).


Day 2: Ecoforum – Transitions towards Nature Cities (International Conference)

10h00 – 10h30: Welcome by Alejandro González, Program Manager eco-union

10h30 – 11h00: Keynote: Green Trajectories and social equity in Cities, Isabelle Anguelovski, Researcher, ICTA-UAB

11h00 – 11h30 Coffee Break

11h30 – 13h00 Plenary Session: Public health and Nature in Cities

Moderator: Carolyn Daher, ISGLOBAL

  •      Ulrika K. Stigsdotter, Professor, University of Copenhagen
  •      Wilma Zijlema, Researcher, ISGLOBALHans Keune ,  Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)
  •      M. Laurent BRAY, Director of Green Spaces, Environment and Biodiversity – City of Limoges, France
  •      Hans Keune,  Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)

13h00 – 14h00 Lunch

14h00 – 15h30: Technical session I: The Scandinavian Experience on Urban Biodiversity and climate change, moderated by Forest and Landscape CollegeDepartment of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management (University of Copenhague)

Introduction: Climate adaption and biodiversity in urban areas in Scandinavia by Susanne Ogstrup

Case Studies + Q/A:

  • Examples of different climate adaption projects in urban areasNiels Lützen, Landscape architect

  • Methods to promote biodiversity structures in urban natureJens Lindgaard: Urban nature, from strategy to realization

15h30 – 17h00: Technical session II: Building Water Resilience systems for naturalization in Mediterranean cities

Introduction: Local and integrated water managementWilliam Fettig, Water and Environment Engineer, project director at Orchis Ingénierie

Case Studies + Q/A

  • Water management solutions as part of the urban space, Thierry Maytraud, Hydrologist Urbanist, founder of ATM
  • The use of Environmental IoT. Smart watering and reduction of heat islands in citiesFrançois Hamon, Co-founder and CEO at GreenCityZen

**The Nature City eco-forum is an independent activity included in the PROGRESS program. This is a public and free forum. Everybody that want to attend to this activity can register filling the application form until the places are covered.

Day 3: Workshop: Planning for Tree Management in Cities, delivered by CPH University

9h30 – 13h30 Planning for trees (to increase and conserve) and the ecosystem services that they provide.  Workshop delivered by Oliver Bühler, professor at the Forest and Landscape College, University of Copenhagen (Denmark).


  • From grey to green – challenges for urban trees (growth conditions, maintenance, etc.)
  • I-Tree – hard core quantification and valuation of tree ecosystem services
  • Tree registration, purposes and use
  • A million tree in New York

15h00 – 17h00: Technical Visit* – Barcelona biodiversity plan with focus on trees.

* Technical tour with focus on trees will include small exercise’s and discussions (Tree app, tell the trees history etc.).

Day 4: Workshop: Nature based solutions for playground, delivered by GoodPlanet Belgium.

Building Criteria for biodiversity and nature experience in public playground. A practical workshop working on the “Barcelona City for Play Strategy”, where participants are challenged to introduce nature experience and sustainable nature maintenance criteria when planning for new or renovated playgrounds in public park and spaces.


09h30 – 10h30 Workshop Challenge + Key concepts

10h30 – 12h00 Presentation: Barcelona City for Play Strategy + Debate

12h00 – 13h00 Visit to the site: Playground at Plaça Sant Miquel. Gothic quarter.

13h00 – 14h30 Lunch

14h30-17:00: Working group + recap from the session.

Day 5: Recap and participants presentations

09h30-10h30: Conclusions from the Week by partners and participants

10h30 – 11h00: Coffee break

11h00-13:00: Participants case studies presentations

13h00: Group Picture + Lunch