30 May


Governance & Management of Urban Forests - introducing Nature-based Thinking

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The concept of Nature-based Thinking embodies the perspective of nature with people, rather than just nature for people. By balancing anthropocentric and ecocentric values, as well as the relational values of nature, more healthy and long-term sustainable urban nature solutions may be developed. Welcome to the 17th webinar in the Urban Forest series!

Nature-Based Solutions concepts and practices are being used worldwide as part of attempts to address societal challenges but have also been criticised for not dealing with deeper transformations needed to face urgent issues including biodiversity loss, climate change and inclusion. Critics have argued that the ambiguity of the Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) concept could make it vulnerable to co-option, and to be used as a greenwashing strategy.

Thomas Randrup, a professor in Urban Open Space Management and Geovana Mercado, a Postdoctoral researcher from the Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management at SLU Alnarp, are examining the potential value of a deeper form of integration of nature in city planning and management, by exploring how a Nature-Based Thinking (NBT) perspective can broaden, and expand NBS frameworks through incorporating local contexts and realities.

Nature-based Thinking suggests a need to recognise nature from a human—and more than human—perspective, acknowledging the intrinsic value of nature, as well as proposing a long-sighted and relational approach to nature.

Read more about Thomas Randrup

Read more about Geovana Mercado

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Time: 2024-05-30 15:00 - 16:00
City: Online
Organiser: SLU Future Forests and SLU Urban Futures
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Language: English

About this webinar

The webinar series on Urban Forests is arranged by SLU Urban Futures and SLU Future Forests to shed light on various aspects and opportunities for research on forests in urban environments. 

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Future Forests
Future Forests is a platform for multidisciplinary forest research, collaboration and research communication, driven by SLU, Umeå University and the Forestry Research Institute of Sweden.

SLU Urban Futures
Among the four SLU Future Platforms SLU Urban Futures has the mission to strengthen sustainable urban development. The platform aims to identify knowledge needs and strives to develop new research questions addressing the challenges of an urbanising planet.