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The course is available on June 27th 2022 on Cap-Net.
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A circular city is a city that uses its resources (food, water, energy, materials, land) several times, in cycles or cascades, turning the city into a productive urban space in order to minimise resource imports and at the same time waste production. A circular city manages to do so, by creating regenerative green urban spaces, sustainable buildings and prospering communities.

This course provides knowledge on how to create such cities by using nature- based solutions. It comprises knowledge on resources flows and management of these flows in cities, appropriate nature- based solutions for managing resources, implementation aspects and number of worked examples to help understanding this complex domain.

The course is self-based, however complementary and voluntary life events will be organised at specific dates, one to introduce the course, one after six weeks to have a joint discussion of the first two modules and one after three months to have a final session which will allow to share ideas and have feedback.

The course is organised in four modules. They will consist of short video presentations, reading and a final quiz at the end of each module. There will also be recommended literature, videos and webpages for the participants to see more details about specific topics of the course.

  • Module 1: Resources flows and management in cities This module present the flows of resources (water, nutrients, organic matter, energy, materials, land) in a city and the basic approaches and features of their potential management.
  • Module 2: Presenting nature-based solutions for a circular urban metabolism. This module deals with terminology and categorisation of NBS. Seven categories of appropriate NBS for solving urban circularity challenges will be presented in detail.
  • Module 3: Design requirements for NBS. This module will present the basic requirements and design rationale for designing and implementing NBS for circular management of resources in cities.
  • Module 4: Implementation of Nature-Based Solutions This module will focus on the implementation of nature-based solutions (NBS) for circular cities, to solve societal challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss and enhance human/ecological well-being to create a greener and more resilient world.