Nature-Based Solutions Modeling and Cost-Benefit Analysis to Face Climate Change Risks in an Urban Area: The Case of Turin (Italy)

  • 2023

With the aim to promote the adoption of  Nature-based Solutions in urban areas, this study tests the the potential of NBS in mitigating climate change risks in Turin (north-western Italy).

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According to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), for the first time in history, more than 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas with a forecasted increase up to 68–84% in Europe—by 2050. Urbanisation and increasing urban population lead to several environmental, social and economic challenges,

Terapia Forestale 2 A new volume on Forest Therapy in Italy

  • 2022

The new volume on Forest Therapy, published by the Centro Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), offers a comprehensive and up-to-date overview that aims to become a national reference point for a rapidly expanding discipline. The publication is the result of a research campaign conducted by the CNR, which involved around 1,000 people at more than 30 sites in the Apennines, Alps and urban parks.

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Urbanisation, climate crisis, pollution, worsening mental health, these are some of the major megatrends that are taking place globally. Faced with these challenges, a growing number of studies are pointing to a solution that is as simple as it is effective: nature. In addition to supporting climate crisis adaptation and mitigation strategies, recent

The Upcoming EU Proposal on “Deforestation-free Products”: from Theory to Practice through the Lessons Learned from the EUTR Implementation

  • 2022

This article compares the new proposal for the “Zero Deforestation” Regulation with the current EU Regulation on Timber (EUTR), with the aim to shed some light on the new rules and the implications for the actors involved.

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Over the last few months, the European Commission has been discussing the adoption of a new Regulation to curb deforestation and forest degradation driven by the expansion of agricultural land. Already named “Zero Deforestation”, this proposal aims at aligning the policies on import with EU sustainability goals. When adopted, the new Regulation will

The Nature of Cities Festival Online event

  • 29 - 31.03.2022

The Nature of Cities Festival is back! This year’s edition will be held from the 29th to the 31st of March 2022, with a rich programming across all time zones.

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How will the city of the future look like? The Nature of Cities Festival is the world’s first and only cities festival with a truly global and transdisciplinary nature. This event is experimental and very interactive, with most of the sessions being participatory. The aim is to enhance new ways of

Urban Forests and Green Areas as Nature-Based Solutions for Brownfield Redevelopment: A Case Study from Brescia Municipal Area (Italy)

  • 2022

This study analyses two alternative NBS intervention scenarios for the regeneration of a brownfield site in Brescia (Italy). The aim of this research is to contribute to expanding the existing literature on the effective assessment of NBS and to provide an example of how research and practice can be integrated to inform urban management activities.

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In recent years, cities are going through major changes and facing major challenges in terms of sustainability. In order to promote the green transition, today many urban centres needs to plan the regeneration of brownfield areas. In this context, Nature-Based Solutions (NBSs) are often considered an effective tool to promote the green transition

Closing the loop: sustainable finance | Webinar

  • 09.03.22

On the 9th of March 2022, the webinar “Closing the loop: sustainable finance” will discuss sustainable investments with the aim to provide participants with the necessary knowledge and tools to accompany their companies’ green transition.


Sustainability and profit. How can they be combined for the development of a more sustainable and green economy?

The evolution of the European Timber Regulation | Webinar

  • 03.03.22

The webinar taking place on the 3rd of March 2022 will explain the legislative process, the aims and the main operational aspects of the new regulation. In addition, it will be an opportunity to discuss the experiences gained during the implementation of the EUTR through the voice of experts and people working in the timber sector.


Legality and sustainability of agroforestry production and the affirmation of Due Diligence in the new "Zero Deforestation" Regulation.

Green Infrastructure and Climate Change Adaptation

  • 2022

The volume “Green Infrastructure and Climate Change Adaptation” was produced with the aim to illustrate the benefits of this type of infrastructure. Alessandro Leonardi from Etifor has contributed to this publication with an article on how to design an appropriate and cost-effective forest green infrastructure for water payment schemes to protect and improve water quality.

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The term “Green Infrastructure” (GI) has mainly been discussed from an adaptation strategy perspective in cities and urban areas. However, as this volume shows, GI are relevant for rural and suburban areas too, proving many positive benefits. One of the most important characteristics of GIs is their multifunctionality, as they help maintain biodiversity

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