The Dutch Resilience Hub hosted its first 2021 sector meeting on 12 May, gathering 100 resilience experts from the Netherlands and abroad working on building resilience in cities, rural areas, and coastal communities.
The online meeting resulted in an engaged cross-sectoral conversation among international practitioners, bringing to the table experiences from Indonesia to Mexico and from India to the Netherlands. This enabled the resilience sector to reflect upon the possibilities and needs to upscale and mainstream nature-based solutions
Additionally, participants joined in small groups to share more in-depth exchanges on the topics of coastal adaptation and resilience, geospatial tools, urban agriculture, smart cities and data driven tools. In these groups, participants learned about recent new practices, recent innovation milestones, experience gained over the years, and solutions that can help water resilience expertise be more impactful when collaborating in these complementary topics.
This session included presentations and discussions on the following topics:
There was an in-depth discussion with international leaders in Mexico, India and the Netherlands on the future of initiatives that bring nature as a partner to build resilience. What have we learned over the last 10 years? What are the current main barriers? And, what needs to happen in financing, building local capacities, and ramping up technical expertise on nature-based solutions?
The panel discussion included the participation of Henk Nieboer of EcoShape, Jan Willem den Besten of International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Netherlands, Nitin Jain of the Global Center on Adaptation, Celia Elizabeth Pigueron Wirz of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and Jakolien Leenders of HKV.
An optional breakout for Dutch organisations registered in the Dutch Chamber of Commerce was offered and comprised the following agenda.