GoGreenRoutes Malta Nature-Based Solutions Summer School
Ecostack Innovations has hosted the third Malta Nature-Based Solutions Summer School, this time funded by the Horizon 2020 project GoGreenRoutes. The Summer School was held at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, in Valletta, between the 29th of June and the 1st of July 2022.
The GoGreenRoutes project aims to sow the seeds for increased nature-connectedness across Europe, Latin America and China. The theme of the Malta 2022 Summer School was 360Health: Where Nature and Health Rhyme, because ensuring biological, psychological, social and environmental health, for all generations, is key to sustainable development.
The Summer School was opened by a keynote address from Hon. Dr Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi MP, Malta's Minister for Public Works and Planning, who spoke about the vision of Malta's government to provide accessible green spaces and support enterprises working in favour of the environment and local communities.
Hon. Dr Katya De Giovanni, Member of Parliament and a Senior Lecturer in Psychology, discussed the link between the environment and human well-being and mental health.
In an addressed video, Malta's President Emeritus and the President of Eurochild, Hon. Dr. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, spoke about the need to address the needs of children for safe and green spaces in cities and for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Watch the address by Her Excellency Coleiro Preca below.
Mayor of Gzira Mr Conrad Borg Manche, who this year was co-hosting the Summer School, spoke about the challenges faced by the locality of Gzira and his vision for a locality in which spaces are used by communities rather than cars.
Dr. Annalisa Setti, University of College Cork, gave a keynote lecture and focused on answering five key questions on the link between nature and health. The whole morning was led by Prof. Tadhg Macintyre, environmental psychologist at Maynooth University, Ireland, and coordinator of the GoGreenRoutes project, and Dr. Mario V. Balzan, who gave a presentation about Nature-based Solutions and 360 Health context and challenges. The afternoon was dedicated to skills development and team building, and participants had the opportunity work in teams on problem-solving tasks relating to nature in cities.