Examples of Nature-based Solutions in Cities: What, Why, and How?

Growing our business and chasing profit, we wanted smooth tracks and fast lanes – many of them! Aiming to welcome new opportunities and creative energies, we lifted the cities’ skyline high above, only to realize it has put our spirits down! No city is like any other, but we have pretty much paved them, cemented and boxed them without almost a corner of nature inside them. Not only has it affected what and how we breathe, and what we eat, but it defines how we think and feel.  We still need all that complex infrastructure to run our lives, but in the euPOLIS project, our team of experts from all different backgrounds has found a way to rehabilitate this framework toward more resilient, livable, and lovable environments. Thus, every city must have its own, personal re-growth back to nature! Our experts Anja Ranđelović from the Faculty of Civil Engineering in Belgrade, and Morten Rask Madsen Danish architect, discuss how to recognize the capacity to re-nature a specific urban environment, the prerequisites, and how to introduce those solutions into the city core cost-effectively, bringing health, well-being, and happiness back to the citizens.

The Direct Impact of Nature-based Urban Solutions on the Health and Well-being of Citizens

Because we are aware now that we breathe dangerous air, and live along riverbanks of polluted water, we lead sedentary lives, surrounded by concrete, noise, stress, and social injustice which are not only frustrating but can severely affect our mental health and well-being.  The World Health Organization’s data on growing diseases with even fatal outcomes caused by pollution, urban heat islands, poverty-induced social injustice, and other effects of more and more rapid climate change are sobering and honestly, frightening. Our experts from the HEART project Dragana Jovanović from the Institute of Public Health of Serbia and Sanja Ivanković on behalf of the Clinical Hospital Center “Dr. Dragiša Mišović ”provide evidence-based examples and proof of all the benefits of having blue (water surfaces) and green (plants) spaces in our nearest urban environment.

Toolbox for holistic implementation of Nature-based solutions in Cities, with examples focusing on social and gender dimension

Once we have mapped all the city indicators and have a clear picture of the public health in the environment, we will need a clear guideline on how to, and what NBS should be implemented. Our experts came up with the holistic toolbox – an alphabet of NBS implementation. This check list helps city-planners, architects, designers and other professionals and stakeholders adjust the innovative NBS methodology to the specific needs of the chosen environment, providing them with easy and on-hand feedback on where they stand so that no important element is omitted.

Our experts from the euPOLIS project, Ranko Božović EnPLUS, Milena Zindović EnPLUS / Women Architectural Association, and Nataša Đurić Mikser / Women Architectural Association will guide us through the toolbox and explain its applicability in the future urban planning methodologies, for this occasion zooming into social and gender dimension of it.


Anja Ranđelović FCBG (SR)

Morten Rask Madsen Architect, BySpektrum (DK)
Dragana Jovanović Medical Doctor, BATUT (SR)
Sanja Ivanković Health Manager, DRM (SR)

Ranko Božović Engineer, ENPL (SR)
Milena Zindović Architect, ENPL (SR)
Nataša Đurić Architect, MIKS/ŽAD(SR)


Examples of Nature-based Solutions in Cities: What, Why and How?

Anja Ranđelović, Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Belgrade [Serbia]; Morten Rask Madsen, BYspektrum  [Denmark];


The Direct Impact of Nature-based Urban Solutions on the Health and Well-being of Citizens

Sanja Ivanković, University Hospital Center Dragiša Mišović Dedinje – HEART Project [Serbia]; Dragana Jovanović, Institute of Public Health of Serbia Dr Milan Jovanović Batut  – HEART Project [Serbia]


Toolbox for holistic implementation of Nature-based solutions in Cities, with demo focusing on social and gender dimension

Ranko Božović, EnPLUS [Serbia]; Milena Zindović, EnPLUS/Women Architectural Association [Serbia]; Nataša Đurić, Mikser/Women Architectural Association [Serbia]

Dereta - Main Stage

24. May


Anja Ranđelović
Faculty of Civil Engineering Belgrade University

Morten Rask Madsen

Sanja Ivanković

Dragana Jovanović

Milena Zindović

Ranko Božović

Nataša Đurić