SDG Lab Session 0: Opening and Networking

The opening of the SDG Lab was carried out with an introduction to the topics: Re-naturalization of Cities, Ecosystem Services and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals at the local level, by Javier Benayas and Carlos Montes from the Social-Ecosystems Laboratory of the Autonomous University of Madrid and Conchi Piñeiro from Altekio, S.Coop.Mad.

After the opening and presentation, five brief presentations were done to draw the SDG Lab framework:

  • Spanish Office of Climate Change, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Environment, held by Ramón López, where he introduced the legal framework and opportunities for initiatives funding.
  • UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Development and Environmental Education, held by Beatriz Fernandez, who showed the experience of re-naturalization of a urban pond in Europe Park, Bilbao.
  • Tecnalia, held by Efrén Feliu, who introduced the Guide for the Elaboration of Local Adaptation Plans for Climatic Change.
  • RESCLIMA Project from the University of Santiago de Compostela, by Mónica Arto, who introduced the goals of the project ‘Educative and Social Responses to Climate Change’.
  • Madrid+Natural Programme from Madrid City Hall, presented by Luis Tejero.

After this opening with the conceptual framework we moved on to the main focus of the SDG Lab, the working dynamics, starting with ‘Weaving Network’:

Bringing the inspiration of resilience as a capacity to adapt to changes, increasing the quantity and quality of the connections between the elements of a system is key. That is why we propose an agile networking technique where people could share and connect in a short time in conversations in pairs. In addition, as the technique progresses, people can enrich their connections by bringing information about previous connections with other people in the group, what we call cross-pollination.

Just like systems need an order to function and be stable, they can also take advantage of chaos periods, creating spaces that allow for greater creativity and unforeseeable things to happen. After several conversations in pairs for 2 or 3 minutes, we invited a chaordic space in which people could find and connect with other people with whom they have not already done so.

This networking game continued with the ‘Experiences Fair’ where we offered the participants the opportunity to introduce their projects and initiatives related to the re-naturalization of the cities.

The dynamic started with a round where SDG Lab participants presented and reported on the title of the experience they wanted to share. Then the 14 experiences were presented in two rounds in which, simultaneously, 7 experiences distributed in different tables were presented .

The experiences presented were:

  • Report on Local Environmental Policies of Madrid, from Institute of Local Law of the Autonomous University of Madrid together with Madrid City Hall and Transtitando; presented by David Alba.
  • Functional Scheme of Mobility and Public Space of the North-South Axis of Madrid (Atocha-Plaza de Castilla), from cambiaMO S.Coop.Mad.; presented by Gianni Rondinella.
  • Mapping of Ecosystem Services as a Support for Urban Planning, from ICTA-UAB/BCNUEJ/CREAF/Diputación de Barcelona; presented by Francesc Baró.
  • New cooperative of energy rehabilitation; presented by Raúl Alonso.
  • “Adaptecca” Climate Change Scenarios, from INCA Medio; presented by Alberto González and Rodrigo Torija.
  • Isla Expo 2008 Zaragoza “Water Park”; presented by Ernestina Rubio.
  • Parks and Gardens: Spaces for Biodiversity, from SEO/Birdlife and Santander City Hall; presented by Beatriz Sánchez.
  • Build Upon, Up to Us, from Green Building Council España (GBCe); presented by Emilio Miguel Mitre.
  • Functional resilience of urban areas, from Department of Planning and Urban Planning from the Polytechnic University of Madrid; presented by Ana Sanz and Gonzalo Sánchez-Toscano.
  • Entrepatios S.Coop.Mad.; presented by Luis Rico.
  • Chamberí Zona 30, from Hécate Ingeniería; presented by Miguel Álvarez.
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