Day 4: GISTeck Team Participation: PHUSICOS Summer School Workshop on NBS

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GISTeck Team Participation: PHUSICOS Summer School Workshop on NBS

Technical University of Munich, Germany

This blog is representing the participation of GISTeck Team in the global agenda of resolving climate change issues through nature based solutions. Due to Covid-19 situation the workshop has been held virtually via zoom platform. Following is the description of Day 4 activities of the webinar attended by GISTeck Team.

Day 4 NBS Benefits

Like the previous day, day 4 started with resuming the presentations by the participants on the selected case-studies from their home countries. There were 3 participants from Pakistan therefore, only one was able to take Pakistan as their case study. Other two participants were requested to choose some other country for their case studies to work hereafter. 22 participants in this way, have chosen 21 different countries as China being a large country and there were two participants interested to work on mainland china. Basically the main task for participants was to deliver two cases one being urban and other in rural area where NBS were already implemented or its in progress to being implemented.

After discussions on the selected cases of each single participant, the second activity of the Day 4 started with another presentation by the organizers on a very stimulating theme i.e. ‘Cool cities with cool trees: how to optimize the benefits?’ by Dr. Mohammad Rahman, TU Munich, Germany. He spoke about the importance of the trees for cities with some scientific evidences and provoking diagrams. His work proved that only with the help of ecologist it is possible to plant suitable trees for different soils and cities. In general, the dark green leaved trees and the trees with dense leaves are more appropriate in cities to provide cooling effect in summers and insulating effect in winters. Similarly, green walls concept can also help to keep individual buildings much cooler in summers and warmer in winters. This can also reduce not only the energy consumption rather provide a co-benefit for the global carbon emission reduction. The related supplementary material can be accessed from the following links:

The next theme incorporated in Day 4 workshop was Monetary Evaluation of NBS – the case of the Danube floodplains by Francesca Perosa – TU Munich, Germany. Monetary evolutions are the core of all ventures so as for the nature based solutions. She has presented most useful methods to evaluate the monetary benefits as compared to the other benefits to the society and environment. For Supplementary material please follow the link:

Similarly, – Integrative evaluation of NBS – Work Package 4 evaluation framework by Dr. Francesco Pugliese – University of Napoli, Italy presented his work in a handsome way. It kept all the audience astounded with his work of the framework tool. This tools can be used to make assessment of the societal issues, political issues, monetary and technical issues and environmental issues. These five ambits contained sub criteria and these sub criteria were based on several indicators.

These all qualitative indicators were translated into quantitative data by using multi-Criteria decision making methods. This novel methodological approach has given a turning point for the easy assessment of the nature based solutions projects to implement. Following are the supplementary materials for comprehensive understanding:

The session ended with the self-study materials and remarks from Dr. Aude.

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