THE ROLE OF ENVIRONMENTAL CITIZENSHIP ON NATURE BASED SOLUTIONS

THE ROLE OF ENVIRONMENTAL CITIZENSHIP ON NATURE BASED SOLUTIONS

Conveners: Conveners: Rares HALBAC-COTOARA-ZAMFIR, Lenka SLAVIKOVA, Carla Sofia FERREIRA, Cristina HALBAC-COTOARA-ZAMFIR, Zahra KALANTARI, Aleksandra FIGUREK

Rural and urban areas are known by the increasing pressure of human activities over the last decades. The intensification of agriculture and forestry, coupled with the urbanization of green areas surrounding big communities lead to a disruption of the ecosystems due to land degradation. Given this situation, there is a strong need for identifying and implementing NBSs to mitigate the impacts of disturbance and enhance resilience to climate change.
Over the centuries, small communities have passed on environmental friendly techniques that, although not studied scientifically, have encouraged the ecological approach of sustainable land management and climate change mitigation. Thus, NBSs can prove to be the binder between tradition and science regarding land productivity and resilient urban areas.
A key aspect in adopting and implementing NBS is the existence of a sustainable educational framework, where the environmental citizenship play a major role. Ecological education and the desire to be ecologically involved in community issues are two important vectors to prepare societies for global changes. Education and ecological citizenship play paramount roles in raising awareness and promoting behavioral change for coping with environmental challenges in rural and urban areas. The essence of environmental citizenship stays in its pro-environmental behavior, in public and private, driven by a belief in fairness of the distribution of environmental goods, participation, and co-creation of sustainability policy. Environmental citizenship is a concept which also includes the active participation of citizens in moving towards sustainability.
This session aims to gives an overview of the key roles and relationships in rural and urban areas between environmental education, ecological citizenship and NBS.