9. Event News
Tools for urban sustainable development to be showcased in Brussels
Resilient cities - novel tools for local authorities will take place in Brussels (Belgium) on 13 January 2015. The conference is a showcase event for the TURAS project in which the Brussels Region is collaborating with 11 European cities and regions to create innovative tools in support of urban sustainable development.
TURAS undertook the initiative in response to the estimate that by 2050 an expected 70 percent of the world’s population will live in urban areas. Following an assessment of potential environmental challenges European cities may face - from the loss of biodiversity, to increased flood risk - local authorities from Dublin (Ireland), Stuttgart (Germany), London (United Kingdom), Rome (Italy), Brussels (Belgium), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Rotterdam (The Netherlands) will showcase the outcomes of their research at the conference.
Experts will outline the tools that have been designed to assist local authorities in facing these environmental challenges, and lead dialogue on their experiences during the research period, and in their respective cities.
The event will be hosted by Brussels Environment in cooperation with the European Business and Innovation Centre Network (EBN). The TURAS initiative is coordinated by University College Dublin (UCD) and funded by the European Commission.
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Final URBES training session to present project outcomes
The final training session of the EU-funded Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (URBES) project will take place on 14 January 2015 in Brussels (Belgium), providing an opportunity to learn from the outcomes of the three-year project. URBES aimed to better understand how urban ecosystems work, with a view to comprehending ecosystem change more broadly.
Titled ‘Bridging the gap between Science and Practice’, practitioners and researchers from cities involved in URBES, namely Stockholm (Sweden), Berlin (Germany), Salzburg (Austria), Barcelona (Spain), Rotterdam (the Netherlands), Helsinki (Finland) and New York (USA), will present their experiences at the training and discuss the project outcomes.
The training will be held directly following the final conference of the URBES project, which will see discussion on how best to integrate the natural environment into city planning. Registration for the training is free, but places are limited – early registration is advised.
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Transport sharing initiatives form focus of B@S meeting
ICLEI and the Liaison agency Flanders-Europe are inviting participants to take part in the 17th “Breakfast at Sustainability’s” on 4 February 2015 in Brussels (Belgium) to discuss urban transport under the heading Sharing – the new concept for sustainable mobility.
Among the confirmed speakers are Michael Cramer, MEP, Chair of the EP Transport and Tourism (TRAN) Committee; Nikolaus van Peter, Member of the Cabinet of Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc; and Jan Vermeulen, Mayor of the inspiring Belgian city of Deinze.
Breakfasts at Sustainability's are small informal meetings hosted by Brussels Representations of regional and local governments. Topics covered are related to sustainable community development essential to public authorities. Registration closes on 30 January 2015.
To register, contact email@example.com. For more information, download the programme.