Daring Cities Sessions


@BonnGlobal: Forests – Multifunctional Solutions for Resilient Cities

Urban forests, as well as parks and trees in public and private spaces, play an important role in addressing environmental, economic and social challenges. In this session, we will introduce the variety of “services” urban forests provide to cities and their inhabitants in four different world regions (from Barcelona to Beijing). You will also learn about activities taking place in Bonn, which has been awarded European Forest City 2020. Finally, we will focus on examples of how local governments work together on urban forestry by integrating local stakeholders as part of the CLEARING HOUSE project, the first Sino-European research project on urban forests.

@BonnGlobal: Networking in Disaster Management – Uniting Knowledge and Action in Bonn

The Bonn Network International Civil Protection and Disaster Risk Reduction brings together a great diversity of actors in the field of international disaster prevention and risk management in Bonn and the Bonn region – from research and education to direct response, from UN to national to local. With three practical examples from capacity building to synergies through peer consulting and practitioners partnerships in disaster response, the network is demonstrating the potential of interdisciplinary, vertically integrated collaboration. The panel showcase different models of collaboration and partnerships evolved from or enhanced by the network.

@BonnGlobal: Indigenous Peoples For Sustainable Forestry

We all know that in today’s modern society, forests are being degraded or destroyed at alarming rates. Scientists, politicians, activists, businesses and many other players gather together to tackle the issue of sustainable management of the world’s forests. It’s now time to listen formally and seriously to Indigenous Peoples, who are the people that understand the on the ground implications of forest use best because they’ve been doing it mostly successfully for centuries.

@BonnGlobal: Community Energy – People Power

Any ambitious climate action plan must put clean energy supply at its center by defining the complete switch to 100% renewable energy in all sectors in a specific timeframe. As this renewable energy supply goes hand in hand with the decentralization of the energy system (local generation and use), local governments and citizens have a key role to play in the successful transformation process. In many countries, locally owned and managed renewable energy systems, also known as community energy, have become a pillar of the new energy system. These bring not only (access to) energy but also a host of related benefits to the respective communities – from job creation to circular economy.

@BonnGlobal: Climate, Migration and Role of Networked Science – Stories from the Field

Policy-relevant research on climate migration is a tremendously complex effort because it starts at the roots of migration in a specific community, gets into dialogue with the locals, needs to be translated into adequate policy advice, helping to unfold its potential to change people’s lives and living conditions. It needs an understanding of diverse social, political and environmental contexts, and communication with multiple stakeholder on local and international levels – and, thus, well-connected experts in diverse domains.
As the networking of multiple sectors and stakeholders for sustainability research and science is deeply rooted in its DNA, the Bonn Alliance Head Office facilitates a discussion on the role of networked science on climate migration with regards to people and policies.

@BonnGlobal: Re-Greening the Future – In Conversation With ‘Forest Maker’ Tony Rinaudo

Australian agronomist Tony Rinaudo, who received the “Alternative Nobel Prize”, the Right Livelihood Award, in 2018, is known as the ‘forest maker’. He developed the farmer-managed natural regeneration (FMNR) method which has helped to re-green large parts of the Sahel region, 50,000 km2 of land with over 200 million trees in Niger alone. But FMNR is far more than an agricultural technique: it has also inspired farmer-led movements to re-green land throughout Africa. This event invites audiences to not only learn more about Tony’s work, but also to actively engage in the conversation with him and other experts.