Floriade Dialogues #26: Nature Inclusive Citizenship

Greening the city through behavioural change
Theme: Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG11)

Floriade Dialogue Program 26th Edition, Monday 26 September 2022, Webinar (Online)


This Floriade Dialogue Webinar was organised in a series from the Natural Pavilion at the Floriade Expo 2022.

This Floriade Dialogue edition was all about the development of social involvement and support for biodiversity measures and nature. How can we influence behaviour at different levels. Like households in which one lives and the neighbourhood level, at which other social aspects are also important, in addition to raising awareness and nudging. In addition, at the level of society we can look at financial and legal instruments to change behaviour.

Nature in cities disappears

As a consequence of urbanization cities will increase in compactness of and will also decrease the availability of urban green space. Nature in cities disappears, for example, through new housing, including through the infill of ‘empty’ spaces; adjusting of infrastructure; paving of squares with stone or cement; and the construction of business parks. Moreover, many people are also tiling their gardens.

Daily experiences of nature

Municipalities have cut back on municipal green space and its maintenance. At the same time, due to changes in climate, temperatures in cities are rising and weather extremes are becoming a common phenomenon. Most (western-oriented) cities are facing a worrying loss of green space, decreasing levels of biodiversity, the increasing alienation of inhabitants (including children) from daily experiences of nature, the natural environment, food, and, lastly also, repercussions on health and the quality of life. To offer a liveable environment in 30 to 50 years, cities must face these challenges head-on and strive to create green urban areas that build on liveable and coherent sustainable circular subsystems.

Increase citizens’ involvement in nature

This Floriade Dialogue Webinar discussed the importance and incentives for nature inclusive behaviour of citizens focuses. It focussed on research into the development of social involvement and support for biodiversity measures and nature. How can nature-inclusive citizens get other citizens or social parties (governments) on board. This session also discussed social parties such as governments and nature organizations that can increase citizens’ involvement in nature.


10.00 – 10.05 – Opening moderator

Xander de Bruine, Program Manager Floriade Dialogues

10.10 – 10.25 – Greening the city through behavioural change

Speaker: Derk Jan Stobbelaar, Researcher Nature and Landscape, Van Hall Larenstein, The Netherlands

10.25 – 10.40 – The City Oasis: A boost for neighbor & nature

Speaker: Emile Smeenk, impact innovator and founder of Nature Nomads, The Netherlands

10.40 – 11.00 –  Citizen science to increase citizen ownership of urban nature: the Naturehood programme

Speaker: Victor Beumer, senior research lead Climate-proof Cities at Earthwatch Europe, UK

Note:  After each presentation participants will be able to ask some questions via ‘chat mode’. The moderator will select most promising questions and repeat the question to the speaker.

11.00 – 11.20 – Panel and Participative Dialogue

11.25 – 11.30 – Wrap up and closing by moderator


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