International Conference "Green and Blue Infrastructure matters ! : nature-based solutions for cities and territories", 26.27 & 28 November 2018 in Athens-Greece.


Nowadays, cities and territories have to adapt to Green Infrastructure (GI), considered by the EC as a real European "Success Story". Nature-based solutions are often cheaper, more resilient and more effective in the long term, they can create jobs and economic growth. In addition, green infrastructure is now being recognized for its value as a means for adapting to the emerging and irreversible impacts of climate change. Consequently, some local governments have adopted green infrastructure as a hedge against climate change risks, particularly if the strategies result in multiple other benefits. For all these reasons, SDMed International Association has launched “THE GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE INITIATIVE green infrastructure matters”, for the period 2015-2018. On the other hand, the Report "The state of European City 2016" makes reference to the relevant progresses made by cities : "in the past, policies to reduce floods and other natural hazards relied mostly on grey infrastructure, such as flood- protection barriers and water run-off basins. Increasingly,  natural wetlands, networks of city parks, green roofs and other nature-based solutions are used to reduce risk, while improving the quality of life in cities."


In view also of the TEN-G (Transeuropean Network Green), SDMed envisages to organise an international and mostly european "Green & Blue Infrastructure event" to be held in November 2018, in Athens. Green infrastructure, ecosystem services and conservation of biodiversity in the city and in the rural, marine and insular space as well, are the key themes to be discussed. This International Conference, entitled "Green and blue infrastructue matters ! : Nature-based solutions for cities and territories" was placed under the aegis of the Greek Ministries of Economy, Development and Tourism and of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy and will be held in Athens on 26, 27 and 28 November 2018 at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences.  For more info please visit : www.sd-med.org