Posts etiquetados ‘People-Environment Research Group’

I share here a link to an article we published in the CONNECTING NATURE website, titled “Transforming cities and enhancing wellbeing through nature-based solutions: the experience of A Coruña” and authored by the Head of the Environmental Department of the Council of a Coruña, María García, and myself, as a researcher at the People-Environment Research-Group of the University of A Coruña.

From May 16-18, 2018, the City of A Coruña, the People-Environment Research-Group organized the International Symposium so-called “Horizon 2020 European Dialogue and Clustering Action: Transforming cities, enhancing wellbeing: innovating with nature-based solutions”, which gathered 200 experts on nature-based solutions.

The event was organized in collaboration with the Council of A Coruña and this post summarizes the main inputs and points of discussion resulting from the knowledge-sharing opportunities among EU officers, researchers and cities, with many policy-makers and urban planners involved in the more than 50 presentations organized in this three-day event.

A Coruña City Council presented the city’s Green Infrastructure Strategy as well as examples of the different nature-based solutions in the city during the event. The Green Infrastructure Strategy involves the creation of a Network of Natural Spaces of local Interest – such as the islands of San Pedro and the Tower of Hércules – as well the environmental restoration of two river areas for leisure.

Besides, the restoration of green spaces for leisure is a major objective for our city in order to overcome the “nature deficit syndrome” in a city with a high population density and insufficient natural spaces. As an example, the Council plans to increase the extension of green areas by planting a total of 1500 trees a year and creating three new urban gardens.

As partners of the Connecting Nature project, we would like to learn more about how nature-based solutions can help us to design our city in the future. We are eager to increase our knowledge on the best methods to measure the different kinds of impacts that green spaces might have for the people and the environment. This was a matter of discussion in the cities-summit session on benefits and challenges of green infrastructures for leisure that we led during the Transforming Cities, together with Agnieszka Dziubała (City of Poznań) and Ángela Castrechini (University of Barcelona).

Participants also had some time for leisure while learning about the nature-based solutions implemented in our city. As example, more than one-hundred attendees which joined the excursions to three different nature-based solutions: the Natural Area of the Park of the Tower of Hercules, the Eirís Park Area or cycling along the beautiful A Coruña’s seaside promenade.

Transforming Cities was an exceptional opportunity for cities, researchers and green enterprises to engage in enriching discussions about the main contributions of nature-based solutions for sustainable urbanization, fostering low-impact, liveable and resilient cities in Europe and worldwide.

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The “Horizon 2020 European Dialogue and Clustering Action: Transforming cities, enhancing wellbeing: innovating with nature-based solutions” will take place in the City of A Coruña (Spain), next May 16-18, 2018. The venue will be the main building of the Barrie Foundation in St. Cantón Grande, 9, A Coruña. 

The “Horizon 2020 European Dialogue and Clustering Action Transforming cities, enhancing wellbeing: innovating with nature-based solutions” ,is being organized by the People-Environment Research-Group at the University of A Corña within a joint initiative of two European projects “Connecting Nature” and the support platform Think Nature and is co-organized by the University of A Coruna(Spain).

Download the PROGRAMME in pdf version

Consult here the CONCEPT NOTE  of the event. 

The event will bring together more than 180 expertsnature-basedbase sulutions. key actors (e.g. business representatives and market actors, scientists and experts, policy makers and end users such as municipalities, local and regional authorities) from across the EU and from overseas, including relevant representatives from the European Commission and other international institutions dealing with the funding, monitoring evaluation of nature-based solutions.

Several European-wide research projects, CONNECTING NATURE, THINK NATURE, Urban GreenUP, GROWGREEN, UNALAB, PHUSICOS, ISOCARP and NAIAD, will showcase their demonstration actions of large-scale design, implementation evaluation of NBS. Among the participants, we have representatives of the United Nations Environment Program, the European Environment Agency, EU-Brazil – Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication, the European Dredging Association – EuDA, the European Platform of Construction Technology (ECTP), the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, WWF.

The ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability network and a selection of European cities, pioneers in the implementation of solutions based on nature, will present their experiences and challenges in the design and financing of ecological infrastructures.

Participant cities are: A Coruna, SpainGlasgow, UKNicosia, Cyprus, Poznan, PolandParis, France,Tampere, Finland, , Genk, Belgium,Bologna, ItalyMalaga, Spain, Regensburg, GermanyStavanger, NorwayTbilisi, GeorgiaSantiago de Compostela, SpainKarlova Ves, BratislavaIoannina, Greece,Sarajevo, Bosnia and HerzegovinaPrague, Czech RepublicPavlos Melas, Greece, London, UK, Metropolitan City of Bologna, Italy, and City of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Transforming cities 18 will focus on 3 main themes:

The event will adopt the highly dynamic and interactive format of a pressure cooker, with guiding questions and specific outcomes prepared for each day aimed at learning and exchange among participants.

The main conclusions from the Horizon 2020European Dialogue and Clustering Action Transforming cities, enhancing wellbeing: innovating with NBS  will be elaborated to take the form of a “Roadmap for Research and Action on establishing a reference framework for NBS in addressing social challenges”. This will be made publicly available and will mark a milestone in the streamlining of efforts from both cities, policymakers, academics for accelerating transitions to more vibrant cities and sustainable cities in Europe and beyond.

Also, and based on the main discussions regarding the NBS impact evaluation, a white paper will be produced offering an overview of the current developments in the NBS field, identifying new tools and opportunities for  monitoring of NBS and showing the added value of it, all illustrated with  examples and aimed at informing the EU urban planning & sustainability policies.

More information about the event in 

It has been a pleasure to receive the confirmation that my paper, titled “The role of grassroots innovations in promoting local sustainable consumption. Motivations, values and learning outcomes within the “Galician network of conscious and responsible consumption” has been accepted to be presented at the International Conference on Environmental Psychology: Theories of change and social innovation in transitions towards sustainability to be held in A Coruña (Spain), next 30th ,31st  of August  and 1st of  September ,2017.

Beyond my session, I would like to mention that the programme of the conference includes 23 Symposia, more than 170 paper presentations and 44 posters. Besides, a remarkable representation of the best researchers and experts in environmental psychology will participate in the different sessions to be held during the conference.

The ICEP 2017 will start on wednesday 30th August with the introductory talk “Promoting sustainable lifestyles, social innovation and wellbeing in Europe: lessons from three large-scale interdisciplinary projects” by Prof. Ricardo Garcia-Mira & Dr. Adina Dumitru.

The conference has also invited to a number of excelent keynotes:

If anyone is interested in consulting the preliminary version of the Program, this is available at the website

If anyone is interested in attending the conference, information about the incription can be checked here:

This international symposium is being organized by the IAAP (International Association of Applied Psychology), Division of Environmental Psychology with the collaboration of the People Environment Research Group – Department of Psychology. University of A Coruña (Spain).

Urban Sustainability. Innovative Spaces, Vulnerabilities and Opportunities (2014)

El Instituto de Investigación Xoán Vicente Viqueira acaba de publicar el libro “Urban sustainability: Innovative spaces, vulnerabilities and opportunities”, en el que trata de profundizar en la relación entre espacios urbanos y sostenibilidad,  atendiendo a las vulnerabilidades y oportunidades para la sostenibilidad y la innovación, desde el enfoque de la psicología, la arquitectura, la educación y la cultura ambiental.

El volumen se estructura en cinco bloques, que abordan (1) los retos del urbanismo sostenible, (2) vulnerabilidades y oportunidades para la seguridad local, (3) acercamientos del estudio del espacio (4) participación, apropiación y cohesión social, y  (5) organización del espacio urbano: acercamientos innovativos.

Y ahora voy a presumir de compañeros y amigos, pues son varios los investigadores e investigadoras de nuestro Grupo de Investigación Persona-Ambiente, que han publicado artículos realmente interesantes en este libro, como son:

  • Urban sustainability: Innovative spaces, vulnerabilities and opportunities.  Ricardo García Mira and Adina Dumitru
  • Healthy workers and healthy workplaces: psychosocial evaluation in organizational environments. Amelia Fraga Mosquera, Alberto Díaz Ayude and Ricardo García Mira.
  • Public participation in water management. The implementation of the Water Framework Directive in Galician river basins management plans. Isabel Lema Blanco and Ricardo García Mira
  • Public facilities as elements of territorial cohesion. Case study University and Hospital networks in Galicia, Spain. Cristina García Fontán
  • Unexpected changes as a principal factor of urban disorganization. Myriam Goluboff Scheps, Amparo Casares Gallego and Cristina García Fontán

Para todos aquellos que os interesem existe una versión gratuita (en inglés) que puede descargarse, en formato pdf, en el siguiente enlace: