[EU-BRAZIL DIALOGUE 🇧🇷] Inclusive Cities and Nature / Cidades Inclusivas e Natureza

October 20, 2021

[BRAZIL OBSERVER EVENT??] Inclusive Cities and Nature / Cidades Inclusivas e Naturaleza


Addressing sustainability and the integration of more sustainable practices in the organisation and functioning of society is a global objective that is shared by most urban governance structures around the world. Still, there are many challenges to its realization. One of them is the urgent need for urban policy makers and managers to consider the complexity of a just city through the recognition of informal uses of the city and the diversity of its inhabitants, reducing the domination of the conception of the city by consultants, planners, designers, NGOs, policy makers, technocrats and investors.

The Seminar Inclusive Cities and Nature: Innovation in the Brazil-Europe dialogue proposes to put these issues on the public agenda. Scheduled to take place on 20, 21 and 22 October in an online format, the event is the result of the participation of the Commission for Environment, Ecology and Animal Protection – CEMPA of the Legislative Assembly of the State of Paraná, as an observer in the International Consortium URBiNAT – Urban Inclusive and Innovative Nature – coordinated by CES and responsible for the implementation of Healthy Corridors and participatory urban plans in seven European cities under the Horizon 2020 programme. This meeting aims to bring together Brazilian and European countries’ experiences in the context of connecting cities to nature, seeking to respond to the most recent challenges to this approach. It adopts as methodology the participation of academic experts, practioners, political and technical representatives, as a way to encourage greater integration between sectors and between knowledge. Participants will also be able to experience the practical design of the solutions and issues addressed, applying them in a real context during the parallel sessions. Considering the complexity inherent in the urban spaces of cities, the Seminar contemplates different aspects to (re)think cities, based on 4 premises and debate panels:

  1. Co-governance and public policies: fundamental for the design and implementation of inclusive and nature-integrating urban policies.
  2. Sustainability and participatory project: a project for the regeneration of inclusive cities involves the appropriation and incorporation by social groups of the knowledge produced.
  3. Economy and inclusive urban regeneration: economic practices rooted in place and cooperation transform living conditions and social relations.
  4. Networking and cooperation between cities: the sharing of technical, scientific and community knowledge between north and south contributes to a virtuous cycle of mutual learning.


Target audience

  • Public managers of Municipalities of the State of Paraná;
  • Technical teams from the secretariats and management bodies of the municipalities;
  • Academic researchers and students;
  • Representatives of civil society organisations.


  • Strengthen the public and political agenda based on the integrated relationship between cities, nature and people, for the benefit of a more inclusive and sustainable societal transformation;
  • Promote new models of urban regeneration that use co-creation and participation as drivers for community wellbeing and inclusion, and democratic solutions grounded at the neighbourhood level;
  • Recognise inequalities in cities and the need to ensure the right to healthy living “the place”, especially for communities in situations of socio-environmental vulnerability, peripheral, peri-urban and rural regions;
  • To consider in the production of knowledge of the Seminar, the heterogeneity of the municipalities of Paraná, assuming the historical, geographical and social differences of the different localities;
  • Foster the cross-sharing of experiences, through the multi-stakeholder approach and active involvement of public actors, citizens, associations, academics and private;
  • Disseminate nature-based solutions (SbN) for cities, whether in their nature or social aspects.



  • Commission for Environment, Ecology and Animal Protection – CEMPA/ ALEP
  • Mandate of State Representative Goura Nataraj
  • URBiNAT and Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra – CES/UC
  • Council of Architecture and Urbanism of Paraná – CAU/PR
  • Global Society – SG


Click HERE for additional programme details (in Portuguese)




Day 1 – Wednesday 20/10


14h: Live broadcast in Youtube of CEMPA/CAU

  • State deputy Goura Nataraj | CEMPA (President of the Commission for Ecology, Environment and Animal Protection) 
  • CES-UC – Centre for Social Studies – University of Coimbra | URBiNAT
  • Escola de Gestão do Paraná
  • CAU – Council of Architecture and Urbanism of Paraná
  • ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
  • UFPR – Federal University of Paraná
  • State and Municipal Authorities

15h10 : Opening Conference

  • Chair: Goura Nataraj  (President of CEMPA) 
  • Claudino Ferreira – Centre for Social Studies – University of Coimbra

15h10 : Working groups dynamics: introduction 30 min


SESSION 1: Co-governance and public policies (With translation English-Portuguese and Brazilian Sign Language)

18h00 : Session: Co-governance and public policies (1h30) Live Broadcast in Youtube of CEMPA/CAU

  • Chair: Goura Nataraj  (President of CEMPA)
  • Arnaud Pinxteren – Brussels Municipality
  • Isabel Ferreira – Centre for Socials Studies – University of Coimbra
  • Goura Nataraj – CEMPA/ALEP
  • Ulisses Maia – Maringá Municipality
  • Eduardo Vedor – Federal University of Paraná – UFPR

20h00 : Working groups round 1: co-creation in inclusive urban regeneration


Day 2 – Thursday 21/10

SESSION 2: Sustainability and participatory project

With translation English-Portuguese and Brazilian Sign Language


14h00:  Session: Sustainability and participatory project (Live Broadcast in Youtube of CEMPA/CAU)

Chair: Commission

  • Gonçalo Canto Moniz -Centre for Social Studies – University of Coimbra
  • Nanna Østergaard – SLA, Denmark
  • Iracema Bernardes – Instituto Lixo Zero
  • Andressa Mendes – Sociedade Global

15h30: Working groups round 2: co-creation in inclusive urban regeneration



Session 3: Economy and inclusive urban regeneration (With translation English-Portuguese and Brazilian Sign Language)

18h00 CET: Session: Economy(s) and inclusive urban regeneration (Live Broadcast in Youtube CEMPA/CAU)

Chair:  Commission

  • Nathalie Vallet – University of Antwerp, Belgium 
  • Luís Felipe Ferro – Libersol and Federal University of Paraná
  • Milena Tasheva Petrova – University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Bulgaria
  • Beatriz Caitana da Silva – Centre for Social Studies – CES, Coimbra.

20h00 CET: Working groups round 3: co-creation in inclusive urban regeneration