The Connecting Nature Impact Summit in Genk will bring together a wide range of local, regional and international participants to demonstrate how nature impacts our lives, socially, environmentally, economically and how nature-based solutions can provide a positive impact for urban environments and protect biodiversity.
The event programme is based on three main building blocks of the Connecting Nature Framework:
● ‘Thinking with nature’ explores the larger scale policy, strategy, planning and theoretical implications under the umbrella theme of Nature Based Solutions. Discussions include the impact of Nature Based Solutions on different policy levels; on the impact on climate
● ‘Building with nature’ focuses on translating ideas into action. It looks at the design and development process, from defining a project to the design and development process. The integrated approach needed because of the layered character of Nature Based Solutions has an impact on the organisation of a cities administration.
● ‘Living with nature’ is about the governance, communities and stewardship of nature and natural environments. It is about the impact of Nature Based Solutions on the neighbourhoods and citizens involved. It will particularly offer community leaders to look at the longer-term care and management.
This hybrid event, and the final summit in the Connecting Nature Summit series will include both online and in person presentations, workshops, round table discussions, site visits, exhibitions and performances, all in a creative and festive atmosphere at Thor Park in Genk.
The Summit outline programme is online and will be updated as speakers are confirmed and added to the programme. Please check the Connecting Nature Impact Summit page for updates. And if you’d like to extend your stay in Genk, join our hosts Stad Genk for the Nature Festival in the city over the weekend 30 April-1st May. A fun filled weekend exploring all the outdoor nature based experiences that Genk has to offer. The programme will be shared shortly.
The Summit and Nature Festival are free events open to all. International visitors are encouraged to register for the online Summit.
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