China Centre of Urban Ecology (CCNU) held the 1st International Symposium, 22nd May 2015
PRACTICING URBAN ECOLOGY FOR URBAN DEVELOPMENT – THE CASE OF BEIJING in Beijing
Organized by University of Geosciences Beijing, Dr. Miaomaio Xie
The management of urban ecosystems is, and will continue to be, a key challenge for Asia and Europe. The conflicts of urban development have intensified due to lack of knowledge and management capacity and because of too little understanding of the complex interactions between the natural, built and socio-economic systems. The existing fragmented knowledge of the relationships between the mega-urban development, its effects like climate changes, and ecosystem services has been insufficient for policy makers and scientific community. Particularly, there isn’t any sort of ‘digest’ of valuation so that hidden values of urban green (particularly in relation to climate regulation) as ecosystem service are properly accounted in urban planning. It had been difficult to realistically instigate long-term plans towards the inclusion of the process of ecosystem services as a meaningful component of sustainable urban development.
The SURE-China Centre of Urban Ecology (CCNU aims to join efforts in the enhancement of higher education (teaching and training) on urban environmental planning and management challenges together with the colleagues from Geoscience University Beijing. Jointly the partners aimed to develop and conduct an International Symposium on ‘Urban Development in Beijing Using Ecosystem Services to Provide Urban Comfort and to Reduce Risks’ that shall reflect Asian and European perspective related to this issue and help to exchange experiences, give inspiration to future oriented teaching and enable the preparation of joint curricula.
Dr. Miaomiao Xie, University of Geosciences, became the local organizer. She was already guest scientist in Salzburg in the team of Prof. Breuste, SURE President and President of CCUE, at Salzburg University, Austria, in 2013-14.
The consortium also agreed to extend the partnership in education on urban ecosystem management in the next year’s SURE Summer School in Shanghai, planned for 11-14 July 2016.
The targeted effect of the symposium, the deepening of the cooperation between researchers and planners was successfully started. More than 50 participants discussed with 10 presenters from research and planning from different Chinese institutions about urban ecological development on the Beijing case. All agreed further to cooperate and to develop the discussion in further meetings, e.g. next year in Shanghai (SURE World Conference).