Green cities for adaptation and resilience: co-benefits for human health, environment and society

Mediterranean cities are struggling with complex and interconnected challenges related to the consequences of climate change, biodiversity loss, and degradation of natural resources.

At the same time, the urban burden of disease is characterised by chronic and lifestyle-related disorders, as well as negative impacts from harmful exposures like air pollution, noise, and excessive heat resulting in chronic diseases and premature death. In this context, it is intriguing that several of the strategies that are required to adapt to environmental challenges can also create co-benefits for human health and increase resilience if implemented well. Cities need to rethink their green spaces and their relationship with nature and people, embracing the transformational change to create livable and resilient environments. Despite an increasing amount of evidence that integrating trees and forests in the urban environment and increasing the use of wood as construction material have various benefits, contributing to climate adaptation and urban resilience, this knowledge is not sufficiently implemented in policy and practice and more specific tools and recommendations are needed to reach urban green goals. This session aims at motivating new ways of thinking about urban green spaces, incorporating evidence and practices from urban forestry, public health, ecology, landscape planning, education, urbanism and architecture, to further support innovate policies to boost urban transformation in the Mediterranean area.

Mediterranean forest


Keynote Speaker Deema Assaf

Deema Assaf 

Founding Partner (TAYYŪN Studio)
Panellist Eugenia Vidal

Eugenia Vidal-Casanovas 

Green Infrastructure Service (AMB)
Keynote Speaker Matilda Van den Bosch

 Matilda Van Den Bosch 

Senior Researcher (EFI Biocities Facility & ISGlobal)