Meeting Coordinators

On 10-11 June 2013 DG RTD organised a workshop on "Fostering innovative dialogue between researchers and stakeholders to meet future challenges: Land, Soil, Desertification, Urban and Community-Based Environmental Management". Participants of this workshop were members of the European Commission services, FP7 project COORDINATORS (in Soil & Land Management, Desertification, Community-based approaches to Environmental management, Urban risks, Urban development & Planning) and stakeholders. Those projects have been funded by the Environment Programme of DG RTD, Unit I.3 "Management of Natural Resources". Find attached the 2-days Agenda.
first Meeting with the FP7 project coordinators took place in October 2012. 

During the 2-days meeting 22 Projects have been presented in 4 different sessions:
Community-based approaches to Environmental management(5): COBRA, COMBIOSERVE, CIVI.NET, COMET-LA, ECOADAPT
Urban risks, Urban development & Planning (7): Megacities, TURAS, GEOURBAN/BRIDGE, CLUVA, SECOA, URBAN-NEXUS, GREEN SURGE
plus 12 presentations from Stakeholders


Presentations by the European Commission

Presentation Title Speaker
Recent and upcoming developments on soil and land Luca Marmo (European Commission - DG ENV)
Experiences in climate change adaptation from the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) Jozias Blok (European Commission - DG DEVCO)
Overview of ongoing UNCCD activities/ COP 2013 Patrick Wegerdt (European Commission - DG ENV)
Urban dimension of future cohesion policy Christian Svanfeldt (European Commission – DG for regional and urban policy)
Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe - Global Urban Challenges, Joint European Solutions Pia Laurila (European Commission – DG RTD)
Revision of Fertilisers Regulation (EC) No 2003/2003 Eric Liegeois (European Commission - DG ENTR)


Soil & Land Management

Presentation Title Speaker
LUPIS: Land Use Policies and Sustainable Development in Developing Countries, Examples from LUPIS Floor Brouwer(LEI, Netherlands)
VOLANTE: Visions of Land use Transitions in Europe Marion Bogers (Alterra, Netherlands)
ECOFINDERS: Soil Biodiversity and Functioning: Lessons/Examples from EcoFINDERS Philippe Lemanceau (INRA, France)
SOILTREC: Quantifying European Soil Functions and Soil Threats through experiments and mathematical modelling at CriticalZone Observatories: Lessons/Examples from SoilTrEC Nikolaos Nikolaidis (Technical University of Crete, Greece)



Presentation Title Speaker
DESIRE/RECARE: Desertification Mitigation and Remediation of Land/Preventing and Remediating degradation of soils in Europe through Land Care Coen Ritsema (Alterra, Netherlands)
PRACTICE: Participatory evaluation of actions to combat desertification: the PRACTICE approach Susana Bautista (University of Alicante, Spain
CASCADE: CASCADE project and its approach involving stakeholders Violette Geissen (ALTERRA, Netherlands)
LEDDRA: Overview of LEDDRA – Three years of research on responses to LEDD Eleni Briassoulis ( University of the Aegean, Greece)
UNDESERT: UNDESERT – a project on degradation and restoration of soils and habitats in West Africa Jørgen Axelsen (Aarhus University, Denmark)


Community-based approaches to Environmental management

Presentation Title Speaker
COBRA: Community-based resource management: lessons from the COBRA project Jay Mistry (University of London, UK)
COMBIOSERVE: Participatory research and co-inquiry approaches in community-based management of biocultural diversity: Examples from COMBIOSERVE Christoph Schunko (BOKU, Austria)
CIVI.NET: The capacity of civil society organisations (CSOs) and their networks in community based environmental management Bettina Matzdorf (ZALF, Germany)
COMET-LA: "A learning arena to share local and scientific knowledge facing environmental challenges", Maria Del Mar Delgado (University of Cordoba, Spain)
ECOADAPT: EcoAdapt : adaptation to climate change for local development in model forests of Argentina, Bolivia and Chile. Challenges for supporting local processes at the science-society interface Grégoire Leclerc (CIRAD, France)


Urban risks, Urban development & Planning

Presentation Title Speaker
Urban areas in Europe: a new definition and new land use data Hugo Poelman (European Commission, DG REGIO)
Effective Societal engagement in Horizon 2020 Dionysia Lagiou (European Commission, DG RTD)
Resilience and Urban Risks in Megacities Paolo Gasparini (AMRA, Italy)
TURAS: Transitioning towards Urban Resilience and Sustainability Margaret Mulligan (European Business & Innovation Centre Network, Belgium)
GEOURBAN/BRIDGE: Communities of Practice: Lessons/Examples from BRIDGE and GEOURBAN Projects Nektarios Chrysoulakis, (FORTH, Greece)
CLUVA: Working with Stakeholders to Assess and Mitigate Climate Risks in African Cities - the CLUVA project Guy Weets (AMRA, Italy)
SECOA: Internal communication and external dissemination, Examples from SECOA Armando Montanari (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)
URBAN-NEXUS: Furthering Strategic Urban Research Mart Grisel (Platform31, Netherlands)
GREEN SURGE: Biocultural diversity, green infrastructure and ecosystem services: approach of the GREEN SURGE project Cecil Konijnendijk (Kobenhavns University, Denmark)


From Research to Stakeholder's needs

Stakeholder's presentations
Annette Piorr (ZALF - Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research, Germany)
Athena Mourmouris (Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Greece)
Tania de la FUENTE (CE-UICN - Spanish Committee Union for Conservation of Nature, Spain)
Francesca Lugeri (ISPRA - Dip. Difesa Suolo, Italy)
Murielle Eyletters (ULB – Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium)
Esther Barrutia (Loiba Consulting, Belgium)
Tahia Devisscher / Monica Coll Besa (SEI - Stockholm Environment Institute - Oxford , United Kingdom)
Angela Meyer (IDC – Organisation for International Dialogue and Conflict Management, Austria)
Patrice Burger (CARI – Centre d'Actions et de Réalisations Internationales, France)
Patrice Burger (CARI – Centre d'Actions et de Réalisations Internationales, France) - 2nd presentation
Athanasios Tsikliras (University of Thessaly and Advisor to the Special Secretariat for Water, Greece)
Karin Ulmer (APRODEV, Belgium)
Richard Wakeford (Sustainable Development Research Network Advisory Committee, United Kingdom)
Despoina Laskaridou (Ministry of the Environment, Urban Planning, Greece)
Constantinos Liarikos (WWF - World Wide Fund for Nature, Greece)
Dorthe Nielsen (Eurocities, Belgium)
Ron Kingham (IES - Institute for Environmental Security, Belgium)
Anne Miller (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
Sebastiano Sanna (Regione Autonoma Friuli-Veneza Giulia, Belgium)
Masumi Gudka (IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature, Kenya)
Ana Alvarez (NGO REDAF, Argentine
Bernardo Aguilar-González (Fundación Neotrópica, Costa Rica)


FP7 project COORDINATORS in Urban Issues, Soil Biodiversity, Desertification and Land Degradation (October 2012)

On 22-23 October 2012 DG RTD organised a meeting of European Commission services with the FP7 project COORDINATORS in Urban Issues, Soil Biodiversity, Desertification and Land Degradation. Those projects have been funded by the Environment Programme of DG RTD, Unit "Management of Natural Resources".

During the 2-days meeting 21 Projects have been presented in 4 different sessions:
Urban soil (4): TIMBRE, CityChlor, HOMBRE, LUPIS 
Soil Biodiversity (3): SOILTREC, EcoFINDERs, SOILSERVICE 
Urban Risks and urban development(5): SUME , BRIDGE, CLUVA, SECOA, URBAN-NEXUS 


Science and Policy Interface

Presentation Title Speaker
The DG JRC in support to EU funded projects on Land, Soil, Desertification and Urban issues Luca Montanarella (JRC, Ispra)
Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe: How to Jointly Address the Global Challenge of Urbanisation Pia Laurila (DG Research & Innovation – DG RTD)
EC Regulations on Soil Fertilisers Eric Liegeois (DG for Enterprise & Industry, DG ENTR)
Soil and soil research in the CAP - post 2013 Iman Boot (DG for Agriculture & Rural Development – DG AGRI)


Urban Soil

Presentation Title Speaker
TIMBRE - Tailored Improvement of Brownfield Regeneration in Europe Stephan Bartke (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig, Germany)
CityChlor - Tackling Urban Soil and Groundwater Contamination Caused by Chlorinated Solvents Veerle Labeeuw (OVAM - Public Waste Agency of Flanders, Mechelen, Belgium)
HOMBRE - Holistic Management of Brownfield Regeneration Maaike Blauw (Deltares - Delft, Netherlands)
LUPIS - Land Use Policies and Sustainable Development in Developing Countries Dr. Floor Brouwer (LEI, Hague, Netherlands)


Soil Biodiversity

Presentation Title Speaker
SOILTREC – Soil Transformations in European Catchments Prof. Steve Banwart (University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK)
EcoFINDERs - Ecological Function and Biodiversity Indicators in European Soils Dr. Philippe Lemanceau (INRA, Dijon, France)
SOILTREC - Soils Research at the Koiliaris Critical Zone Observatory Prof. Nikolaos Nikolaidis (Technical University of Crete, Crete, Greece)
SOILSERVICE - Conflicting Demands of Land Use, Soil Biodiversity and the Sustainable Delivery of Ecosystem Goods and Services in Europe Dr. Katarina Hedlund (Lund University, Lund, Sweden)


Urban Risks and urban development

Presentation Title Speaker
SUME – Sustainable Urban Metabolism for Europe Dr. Christof Schremmer (Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning, Vienna, Austria)
BRIDGE – Sustainable Urban Planning Decision Support Accounting for Urban Metabolism Dr. Nektarios Chrysoulakis (Foundation for Research and Technology, Heraklion, Crete, Greece)
Fostering an Integrated Approach to Urban Development Corinne Hermant-de Callataÿ (DG for Regional Policy, European Commission – DG REGIO)
CLUVA - Climate Change and Urban Vulnerability in Africa Prof. Paolo Gasparini (AMRA - Analisi e Monitoraggio del r ischio ambientale scarl, Napoli, Italy).
SECOA – Solutions for Environmental Contrasts in Coastal Areas Prof. Armando Montanari (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy).
URBAN-NEXUS – Furthering Strategic Urban Research Koen Hollander (Stichting Netherlands Institute for City Innovation Studies, Hague, Netherlands).


Desertification and Land Resources Management

Presentation Title Speaker
SMARTSOIL – Sustainable farm Management Aimed at Reducing Threats to Soils under Climate Change Dr. Kirsten Schelde (Aarhus Universitet, Aarhus, Denmark)
CASCADE – Catastrophic Shifts in Drylands: How Can We Prevent Ecosystem Degradation? Priv.Doz. Dr. Violette Geissen (ALTERRA, Wageningen, Netherlands)
DESIRE - Desertification Mitigation and Remediation of Land Prof. Coen Ritzema (ALTERRA, Wageningen, Netherlands)
PRACTICE - Prevention and Restoration Actions to Combat Desertification Dr. Ramon Vallejo (CEAM Foundation, Paterna, Valencia, Spain)
UNDESERT - Understanding and Combating Desertification to Mitigate its Impact on Ecosystem Services Dr. Jørgen Axelsen (Aarhus Universitet, Aarhus, Denmark)
CATCH-C – Compatibility of Agricultural Management Practices and Types of Farming in the EU to Enhance Climate Change Mitigation and Soil Health Dr. Hein F.M. ten Berge (Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, Netherlands)
VOLANTE – Visions of Land use Transitions in Europe Marion Bogers (Alterra, Wageningen UR, Wageningen, Netherlands)
DESURVEY - A Surveillance System for Assessing and Monitoring of Desertification Prof. Juan Puigdefábregas Tomás (CSIC, Almeria, ES)
LEDDRA - Land and Ecosystem Degradation and Desertification: Assessing the Fit of Responses Dr. Vassilis Detsis (Harokopeion University, Athens, Greece)