Nature is the key to social and ecological problem resolution2017-10-26
The international environmental protection conference “Nature-based Solutions: from Innovation to Common-use” was held in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, as part of its Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Lithuanian Environment Minister Kęstutis Navickas delivered a presentation on the green areas in Vilnius and participated in the discussion.
Nature-based solutions is a new angle of approach allowing to resolve social and ecological problems not only in a sustainable and efficient manner but, what is the most important, by applying environmentally friendly methods. By bringing nature closer to people and people closer to nature, we improve the quality of life and its duration and use natural means to combat the challenges of climate change. Thus, this should serve as the basis for reliance for politicians, urban planning and urban development experts.
“Nature is a smart and sustainable system which has been functioning for millions of years; therefore, we must turn back to nature in order to resolve problems arising in all areas populated by people. In Lithuania and also in its capital Vilnius, there is a lot of greenery and many natural objects adapted for tourism and education”, Minister Kęstutis Navickas gladly points out. “However, the rapid development of urbanised territories whereby green areas are often built up pose a threat. We need to change our attitude towards the value of natural elements which we have had to date“.
The conference was attended by several hundreds of experts from various European countries who shared the challenges and the good experience by involving local residents and businesses into processes. At the conference, the ThinkNature electronic platform which is intended for the public at large and experts to perceive and promote nature-based solutions was introduced.
Public Relations Division
26 October 2017