Creating cities that harmonize with the planet requires a rethink of our urban planning approaches. Throughout history, progress has been synonymous with widespread asphalt usage and the proliferation of concrete structures. However, in this evolving era, the significance of urban trees and plants in establishing habitable cities and combating climate change has become still more evident.
In collaboration with Danske Landskabsarkitekter (Danish Landscape Architects), we extend an invitation to everyone to participate in the event. Let’s collectively broaden our understanding of nature-based solutions as a developmental tool, with a particular emphasis on the global south.
“How will nature heal our wounds?” – Talat Munshi
With a background as an associate professor in urban planning in India and a PhD in Ecological Footprint, Talat Munshi has spent the last 7 years associated with the Copenhagen Climate Center under the UN. In this role, he has focused on implementing Nature-based solutions to address heat and flooding in urban areas across the global south.
“How do you get local communities to participate in nature-based climate action in a post-apartheid city?” – Patience Mgu
South African cities are abundant with stormwater ponds – green “spare” spaces, a consequence of stormwater management influenced by Western planning principles. As part of the PaWS research project, Patience and colleagues have used one such space to collaborate with a marginalised community to explore what just, multifunctional and decolonial landscapes in post-apartheid cities could look like. This has provided residents with the opportunity to engage in climate action through nature-based solutions, while exploring the impacts that historical apartheid continues to have for such cities.
17.30 Doors open
18:00 Martin Hedevang Andersen, Danske Landskabsarkitekter
18:10 Patience Mguni, Urban sustainability transitions, KU
18:40 Talat Munshi, Copenhagen Climate Center, UNEP
19:20 Debate and questions
20:00 Beer, wine, snacks and socializing
The event takes place on Thursday, March 21, from 18:00 to 21:00
Venue: Valencia Hall, entrance at Vesterbrogade 32, Copenhagen.
The event is free and public, so bring your friends!