The importance of co-creating open spaces in the processes of planning NBS
Nature based solutions (NBS) address variations of environmental, social and economic challenges of society in a sustainable way. Solutions derive from imitation of nature, are cost-effective and simultaneously ensure environmental and social well-being.
Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia is addressing possibilities of integrating, assessing ecosystem approach as a possible framework in NBS planning process.
The NBS concept is based on the imitation of nature processes. Analogy for planning open spaces can be found in the process local characteristics of the space. Part of this space are people who are in an interactive relationship with natural processes.
Current activities focus on addressing understanding of process of co-creating open spaces, the importance of integrating the users into the NBS planning process as key stakeholders, and
advantages and disadvantages of co-creating space with users according to the stages of integration.
In order to capture a comprehensive overview, in the next phases, emphasis will also be focused on examining the role of government bodies and planners in the planning process,
management and coordination of the planning process,
the importance of integrated planning,
ways of stakeholder participation
and assessment of success, NBS synergy in open spaces on cases of participating cities in the Connecting nature project.
The purpose of the CONNECTING NATURE project is to place Europe as the leading global force in the field of innovation and implementation of nature-based solutions in the development of cities and society. Learn more about the project on the link: https://connectingnature.eu/