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Collaborative Learning in Research, Information-sharing and Governance on How Urban tree-based solutions support Sino-European urban futures (Clearing House)

International project

PROGRAMME: Horizon2020

STATUS: Ongoing
Project start: 01. Sep 2021.
Project end: 31. Aug 2023.


Our project addresses a global challenge that unites European and Chinese cities in their quest to develop more resilient cities and liveable societies in order to improve human wellbeing. Our main focus is on tree-based green infrastructure which is the basis for “urban forests as nature-based solutions”.

Urban Forests as nature-based solutions (UF-NBS) are a subset of nature-based solutions that build on tree-based urban ecosystems to address societal challenges, simultaneously providing ecosystem services for human well-being and biodiversity benefits. UF-NBS include peri-urban and urban forests, forested parks, small woods in urban areas, and trees in public and private spaces.

We will analyse and develop the potential of NBS in general, and UF-NBS in particular – across China and Europe – in order to enhance the resilience of cities facing major ecological, socio-economic, and human wellbeing challenges.

We will also:

  • Review existing knowledge on NBS
  • Carry out Sino-European case studies
  • Facilitate learning
  • Develop tools
  • Increase NBS awareness.

The CLEARING HOUSE project gathers 26 partners in Europe and China, and will provide evidence and tools that facilitate the mobilisation of the full potential of urban forest-based solutions (UF-NBS) for rehabilitating, reconnecting and restoring urban ecosystems. Lead partners are European Forest Institute and Research Institute of Forestry – Chinese Academy of Forestry.

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