Joint symposium: BUILD Solutions and ECOLAND International Joint Lab
October 1-2-3, 2019 – Nancy, France


Nature Based Solutions (NBS)
to improve biodiversity in anthropized environments



Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) to improve biodiversity in anthropized environments symposium is organized as part of the Building Urban Intelligent Living Design Solutions (BUILD solutions) project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and developed by the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Université de Lorraine, Vienna University of Economics and Business, ERSILIA Foundation, Econick, Plant-e, City Facilitators, Green Tech Challenge together with ECOLAND (Ecosystem Services provided by Contaminated Land).

ECOLAND is a Franco-Chinese International Joint Lab (Laboratoire International Associé) created in 2015 by the Université de Lorraine-UL, INRA, France (Laboratoire Sols et Environnement – LSE) and Sun Yat-sen University-SYSU, China (Guangdong Provincial Key Lab Environmental Pollution Control and Remediation Technology – LEPCRT). ECOLAND aims to develop science and technology to improve knowledge and promote solutions to improve the ecosystem services provided by vast territories contaminated by persistent pollutants.

About the Symposium


Biodiversity collapse is a major global issue. NBS are the recognition that Nature may help to solve environmental problems and is a major tool to build sustainable cities. But are those NBS efficient enough to preserve and improve biodiversity?

The purpose of the symposium is to provide information to enable the analysis of the actual impact of nature-based solutions on biodiversity in highly anthropogenic environments. The first step is to describe the state of biodiversity in anthropized environments, then describe the nature-based solutions that are used to restore or build ecosystems in urban areas and identify the benefits but also the limits of these solutions on biodiversity in the short and long term. The symposium  finally focused on urban planning and the means that should be used to disseminate knowledge about NBS and its implementation in full scale.

The symposium is aimed at young researchers (masters and PhDs) who wish to acquire knowledge on urban planning, restoration of degraded sites and tools available for a sustainable development that places biodiversity at the forefront of its goals. The symposium  mobilized a wide range of disciplines: microbiology, soil biology, plant physiology, (functional) ecology, ecology of socio-ecosystems, (eco)toxicology, (eco)physiology, genetics, agronomy, soil science, ecological engineering, soil engineering, chemical engineering, city management, law, citizen participatory sciences.



Seven sessions were organised, each being opened by an invited conference by a keynote speaker that covered most of the topic (20mn + 10mn questions/discussion). Then six flash presentations (5mn each) addressed the questions that were discussed during the last phase of the session which were organized in the form of a round table (20mn + 10mn questions/discussion). Session 7 was a roundtable. 

A one-day field trip presented solutions that are being implemented in a city (Nancy) to provide Nature inside the walls and solutions used for the remediation and restoration of brownfields to improve the ecosystem services.


Be updated about successful intelligent living solutions for cities, investigating biological systems, creating prototypes based on information technology and digital manufacturing, collaborating among academia, public administration, SMEs and start-ups in the field of bio-tech, architecture and business.