Ecologic Institute's McKenna Davis presented insights about the potential of nature-based tools to address urban challenges during Naturparif's 5th annual conference in Paris on 5 June 2014. Based on earlier studies written by the Ecologic Institute on the subject, she discussed the evolution of ecosystem-based approaches and green infrastructure within a European policy context and their potential to address both climate change adaptation and human well-being in urban areas. The presentation is available for download.
The conference brought together practitioners, NGOs, scientists and policy makers to discuss methods for bringing ecology into the urban environment. In partnership with the Society for Urban Ecology and the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN), Naturparif designed the event as a forum to share knowledge and discuss the success or failure of urban ecology approaches in cities to date. An overarching theme was the largely underutilized potential of restoring urban ecological functions to enforce city resilience, while also having a positive effect on human health and well being.