Local ecosystems are among the first to show reactions to climate change but they can also act as carbon storage. Additionally, our daily consumption patterns and the way we shape our surroundings play an important role in determining sustainable and ecologically responsible futures. This cluster is addressing these three dimensions: the qualification of urban greens for example through measures which increase awareness about local and regional produce, the special situation small islands face worldwide, and the important role of forests and peat lands in carbon storage.

Cluster Lead: 

Chantal van Ham (CV)


Dr Stefan Heitefuss (CV)

Urban Green (Difu) - Possible Actions in Municipalities to Improve the Quality of Open Spaces (WS 13)

01/10/2015, 13:30
Room 1, ground floor

High-quality and multi-functional green areas are of great importance for sustainable urban develop- ment – greening stands in good stead, both for climate action and the adaptation to climate change, and can also perform a whole range of further tasks (e.g. increasing the quality of life and air, city image and local food supply). At the same time, there are many urgent claims of use that, at first glance, oppose the expansion and retention of greenery. It is important to give green areas in cities multiple uses and make them valuable. // This workshop is organised by the Deutsche Institut für Urbanistik (Difu) [German Institute of Urban Affairs]

Francesca Iliffe, Brighton & Hove City Council (CV, pdf)
Matthias Lampert, Landeshauptstadt München
Edeltraud Klabuhn, EG DU Entwicklungsgesellschaft Duisburg mbH
Stadtteilbüro Bruckhausen

Greta Link, Difu (CV, pdf) 
Linda Krampe, Difu (CV, pdf)

Small Islands Taking Climate Action (WS 14)

01/10/2015, 15:30
Room 1, ground floor

Small islands face specific, and enormous, challenges in the context of climate change and sustainable development: many are struggling to survive; many are facing challenges of self-sufficiency. This work- shop will focus on the challenges, crises, and things that go wrong – and how to turn them into learning opportunities (“failing forward”). Exchange among and about small island challenges will thus be used to explore individual and institutional resilience and learning.

Bernhard Barth, UN-Habitat, Solomon Islands
Christopher Bartlett, SPC-GIZ, Vanuatu
Ketty Napwatt, Torba Province, Vanuatu
Mzee K. Juma, Zanzibar Municipal Council, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Cordine Lippert, State Capital Potsdam, Germany
Thomas Vodde, Germany, Island of Juist
Ines Carstensen, Best Sabel Hochschule Berlin, Germany

Ashley Good, Fail Forward
Kora Rösler, adelphi

Template WS 14 - Small Islands Taking Climate Action

Forests and Peatlands (WS 15)

02/10/2015, 09:00
Room 1, ground floor

Forests, moors and the global climate are very closely interrelated. Forests are huge carbon reservoirs, from tropical forests to large coniferous forest areas. The moors of the world contain double the amount of carbon that is present in all forests put together. Growing forests and moors where plants are dying out extract carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and therefore act as carbon sinks. Emissions from energy, transport and agriculture, as well as from the destruction of forests and draining of moors, must be reduced for effective climate action. Global mechanisms (such as the REDD+ mechanism against deforestation) and local forest protection, moor protection and moor revitalisation activities must be combined. In this process, the respect and protection of human rights and the rights of indigenous groups of society are just as important as the support and development of traditional, indigenous and local protection mechanisms for forests and moors.

The workshop will support participants in sharing information and knowledge about forests and peat- lands as CO2 storage and sinks as well as sharing experiences with approaches and activities for forest and peatland protection at local, national and international level.

Susanne Brosch, Nds. Landesbetrieb für Wasserwirtschaft, Küsten- und Naturschutz
Alexandra Barthelmes, Greifswalder Moorzentrum
Klaus Hecht, Leonides Suarez Perdomo, CorpSolano
Kalame Fobissie, WWF Cameroon

Dr Henning Meesenburg, North-West German Forestry Research Institute 

Template WS 15 - Forests and Peatlands



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