Addressing Climate Change Effects in Cities: Nature-Based Solutions and Green Infrastructure


    2021-10-05 09:00 - 10:30


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This thematic cluster webinar is a part of International Urban and Regional Cooperation (IURC) Asia & Australasia, which aims to further urban and regional cooperation in the fields of sustainable urban development and innovation between EU and non-EU cities. Within the thematic network “Ecological Transition & Green Deal,” this webinar will narrow in on two main topics related to current global issues.

The effects of climate change are becoming more pronounced around the world. From the unprecedented, deadly flooding in parts of Europe and China, leaving devastation in its wake, to the record heat waves that have caused massive, overwhelming wildfires in Europe, Canada and the U.S, to the unnatural melting of the ice sheets in Greenland and the North, causing the ocean levels to rise.

Considering such disasters, this webinar proposes to encourage in-depth discussion on nature-based solutions to address urban heat islands, and on water retention infrastructure to manage heavy rainfall and flooding risks.


Time Program
8:55 – 9:00 (CEST)

3:55 – 4:00 (KST)

Virtual room opens for participants
9:00 – 9:05 (CEST)

4:00 – 4:05 (KST)

Program Introduction

Megan Chow

Program Officer, CityNet & Korea Country Coordinator, IURC Asia-Australasia

9:05 – 9:10 (CEST)

4:05 – 4:10 (KST)

Opening Remarks

Geunhyeong Yim

CEO, CityNet

9:10 – 9:15 (CEST)

4:10 – 4:15 (KST)

Setting the Scene

Amb. Maria Castillo-Fernandez

Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Korea

9:15 – 9:35 (CEST)

4:15 – 4:35 (KST)

Panel 1: Nature-Based Solutions and Urban Heat Islands


·        Mr. Won-Ju Kim, Seoul Institute

·        Ms. Sofia Castelo, Think City, Penang

·        Mr. Imanol Zabaleta, Centro de Estudios Ambientales, Vitoria-Gasteiz

·        Mr. Marino Cavallo, Nuovo Circondario Imolese, Bologna


Moderation: Pablo Gándara

Team Leader, IURC Asia-Australasia

9:35 – 9:50 (CEST)

4:35 – 4:50 (KST)

Panel 1: Pilot Action Discussion

Pablo Gándara

Team Leader, IURC Asia-Australasia

9:50 – 10:10 (CEST)

4:50 – 5:10 (KST)

Panel 2: Water Retention Infrastructure for Heavy Rainfall and Flooding


·        Mr. Cheol-woo Jung, Busan Metropolitan City

·        Mr. Vishal Shah, Surat

·        Ms. Mary-Liz Walshe and Mr. Neil Higgins, Dublin City Council

·        Mr. Corjan Gebraad, City of Rotterdam

·        Mr. Toru Omiya, Obuse, Nagano


Moderation: Jens Bley

Cluster Manager, IURC Asia-Australasia

10:10 – 10:25 (CEST)

5:10 – 5:25 (KST)

Panel 2: Pilot Action Discussion

Jens Bley

Expert Consultant, IURC Asia-Australasia

10:25 – 10:30 (CEST)

5:25 – 5:30 (KST)

Summary and Closing Statement

Megan Chow

Korea Country Coordinator, IURC Asia-Australasia


Read the highlights and download the presentations here.