The film Rotterdam - The transition to urban resilience introduces Rotterdam as one of the European cities aligned with the URBES - Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services project. The city presents its experiences and future perspectives on strengthening the resilience of the urban ecosystem as a way to deal with environmental changes.
The URBES project, of which IUCN is a member, develops ideas, tools and knowledge for a sustainable urban life, which are co-created and shared throughout European cities. In Rotterdam, URBES focuses on governance and aims at designing arrangements and processes which embrace the protection of urban biodiversity, the improvement of urban resilience and the effective governance of ecosystem services.
If current trends continue, 70% of the world's population will live in urban areas by 2050 and cities will have a major role in shaping a sustainable future. Nature-based and innnovative solutions are essential to cope with the current and future needs of people living in cities.
URBES is a research project that started in January 2012 and aims to bridge the knowledge gap on urbanisation processes and the ecosystem services sustaining them. It supports local governments in increasing their professional skills to manage nature at the local level and to integrate its values in urban policies, plans and actions.
This project is funded by BiodivERsA, a network of 21 research-funding agencies across 15 European countries promoting pan-European research that generates new knowledge for the conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity.