Sustainable Use of Land and Nature-Based Solutions is one of 12 Priority Themes identified in the Pact of Amsterdam, adopted in 2016. Based on the Pact, the Urban Agenda for the EU was established and one of the Partnerships has focused on the above-mentioned theme.
The Partnership is jointly coordinated by Poland (represented by the Ministry of Investment and Economic Development) and the city of Bologna, Italy. Other partners are:
- Partners representing Urban Authorities: Antwerp (BE), Cork (IR), Métropole Européenne de Lille (FR), Stavanger (NO), Verband Region Stuttgart (DE), City of Zagreb (HR);
- Partners representing the Member States: Cyprus, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Portugal, Slovenia;
- Partners representing the European Commission: Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO), Directorate-General for the Environment (DG ENV), Directorate-General for Research & Innovation (DG RTD), Joint Research Centre (DG JRC);
- Partners representing other Stakeholders: European Investment Bank (EIB), Catalan Land Institute (INCASÒL), EUROCITIES, Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), European Environment Agency (EEA), International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP)
- Observers: URBACT
- Support: Ecorys, European Urban Knowledge Network (EUKN)
The Partnership has defined its focus as being on the aim to: “ensure the efficient and sustainable use of land and natural resources to help create compact, liveable and inclusive European cities for everyone”. This general aim is followed by two objectives:
- to promote a liveable compactness city model and
- to mainstream and promote Nature-Based Solutions as a tool for building sustainable and liveable urban spaces.
A wide range of topics has been explored in the context of the Partnership, all related to the sustainable use and management of sparse land and other natural resources in urban development.
The priority themes that the partnership decided to focus on are:
- Land take;
- Brownfields and under-used land;
- Functional Urban Areas;
- Nature-based solutions.
The partners progressed with in-depth stock-taking and analysis of the above-mentioned themes, which resulted in the development of 9 proposals for actions. Each action proposal has identified bottlenecks, objectives and desired outcomes. Each action has been formulated with the intention of contributing to one or more areas: better regulation, better funding, better knowledge, which aim to strengthen EU policies and approaches in the area of sustainable land use and nature-based solutions.
The proposed actions are:
- Draft Action 1: INCLUDING LAND TAKE IN IMPACT ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES
- Draft Action 2: FINANCING MODELS FOR BROWNFIELD DEVELOPMENT
- Draft Action 3: IDENTIFYING AND MANAGING UNDER-USED LAND
- Draft Action 4: INDICATORS OF LAND TAKE
- Draft Action 5: PROMOTING FUA COOPERATION AS A TOOL TO MITIGATE URBAN SPRAWL
- Draft Action 6: BETTER REGULATION TO BOOST NBS AT EUROPEAN, NATIONAL AND LOCAL LEVELS
- Draft Action 7.1: BETTER FINANCING ON NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS - PREPARE AN NBS FUNDING GUIDE TO ASSIST CITIES IN ACCESSING FUNDING FOR NBS PROJECTS
- Draft Action 7.2: BETTER FINANCING ON NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS - OVERCOMING THE BIAS FOR EXISTING SOLUTIONS THROUGH NBS FINANCIAL INCENTIVES MAINSTREAMING
- Draft Action 8: AWARENESS RAISING IN THE AREAS OF NBS AND SUSTAINABLE USE OF LAND (URBAN SPRAWL)
- Draft Action 9: DEVELOPING COMMON STANDARDS AND INDICATORS - AGREEING ON COMMON TARGETS AND INDICATORS FOR NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS, URBAN GREEN STRUCTURE, BIODIVERSITY AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES IN CITIES
The actions are open for Public Feedback until (Wednesday, 19 September 2018). You are kindly invited to share your thoughts on the proposed actions – each action description contains a hyperlink to a short survey on that action that you are welcome to fill in. The individual contributions to this Public Feedback will not be published on the Internet. You will be able to choose between providing your personal details or submitting your contribution anonymously.
The results of the online Public Feedback will be taken into consideration by the members of the Partnership for the preparation of the final version of the Action Plan and presented on DG meeting on Urban Matters (Directors-General responsible for urban matters in their Member States; the European Commission, the CoR, CEMR and EUROCITIES) in end-2018.
To read all draft actions in full detail, please consult the draft Action Plan and the Action Plan section. Each draft action description contains a hyperlink to a short survey on that draft action, which you are kindly invited to answer.