On Tuesday, 18 October 2022, the opening conference of the Hungarian breanch of the Network Nature Horizon 2020 project, the Hungarian Network of Nature-based Solutions (TeAM HUb) took place at the Budapest Congress Centre. The conference, was held in a hybrid format and attended by nearly 500 participants interested in green and blue infrastructure solutions.
TeAM HUb’s professional community is made up of organisations and individuals committed to the widespread dissemination of nature-based solutions in Hungary. The aim of TeAM HUb is to provide a platform for sharing national and international knowledge, experience and good practices in this field. They want to encourage dialogue between central government, local government, professional and civil society actors to promote the widespread practical application of nature-based solutions.
TeAM HUb and the objectives of both LIFE LOGOS 4 WATERS and LIFE-MICACC are interlinked in many ways. Nothing is better proof of this than the series of presentations given by the project’s representatives at the event.
Among the welcoming speeches, the audience could listen to the opening speech of Dr. Miklós Dukai, State Secretary for Municipal Affairs, in which he drew the attention of the participants to the importance of taking action against the negative effects of climate change, even in the midst of challenging everyday life. In his welcome speech, the Minister of State stressed the importance of using nature-based solutions, in particular 5 types of natural water retention measures which have been tested in 5 Hungarian municipalities in the LIFE-MICACC project coordinated by the Ministry of Interior between 2017 and 2021. Building on this project, which has achieved great success both internationally and nationally, the State Secretariat for Municipal Affairs of the Ministry of the Interior launched the LIFE LOGOS 4 WATERS project, which started in October 2021. This time, moving beyond the municipal level, we are taking steps to adapt to climate change by thinking in terms of small catchments. Dr. Miklós Dukai also mentioned a quote from Charles Darwin in his speech, drawing attention to the importance of adaptation: „It is not the most intellectual of the species that survives; it is not the strongest that survives; but the species that […] is able best to adapt and adjust to the changing environment in which it finds itself.”
In the Introduction to Nature-based Solutions section, a number of small-scale and micro interventions were presented by invited speakers. Among them were Sándor Tordai, Mayor of Püspökszilágy, who presented the pilot interventions from the LIFE-MICACC project, and Zoltán Rózsa from the Association of Climate-Friendly Municipalities, who presented some of the solutions used by the municipalities that have been awarded in the LIFE LOGOS 4 WATERS Municipal Support Programme.
Following the plenary presentations, parallel workshops were held, including a KEHOP Plus project generation workshop and an international (INTERREG/URBACT/LIFE) project generation workshop.
The international session explored, among other things, the knowledge and competences needed for the implementation of individual projects, the stakeholders and partners that should be involved, and the regulatory obstacles that may arise in case of each project. The KEHOP Plus workshop further explained what exactly green-blue infrastructure is and what elements can be financed under the KEHOP Plus programme, based on the criteria of the national operational programmes. At the end of the programme, a general summary of the experiences of each section was shared with all participants.
Photos: Hungarian Network of Nature-based Solutions, Facebook