EEF 2019 | 15th EEF – European Ecological Federation Congress

Regenerating cities with Ecology-based Design. Permaculture Living Lab at Lisbon University


David Avelar | Center for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes, Lisbon University

António Alexandre | HortaFCUL, Faculty of Sciences of Lisbon University

Diogo Mendes | HortaFCUL, Faculty of Sciences of Lisbon University

Florian Ulm | Center for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes, Lisbon University

Gil Penha-Lopes | Center for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes, Lisbon University



How to integrate and implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in a city, while taking in consideration the lessons from Nature? How to transfer ecological knowledge to the spacial, social and economic sphere of a city? How to capitalize on ecology and evolution wisdom?

This session wants to address in particular the UN SDG 11, which covers “Sustainable Cities and Communities”. The challenges cities face can be overcome with nature-based solutions in ways that allow them to continue to thrive and grow, while improving resource use and reducing pollution and poverty.

The symposium will consist in flash presentation in a PechaKucha way (20 slides 20 seconds each) to inspire and activate the discussion. The presentations will be about patterns in ecology to support the nature-based design discussion.

The discussion will follow the Open Space Technology and will be about how to apply the scientific evidence about ecosystems dynamics and patterns in cities in different domains: socio-economic, energy and transportation; food consumption and production; resource use efficiency.

Acknowledging HortaFCUL Permaculture project bred at Lisbon University, from which the Permaculture Living Lab flourished, it will be shared ten years of lessons and it contributions for a sustainable future.


Short Presentation

Econics: dynamics and functioning of complex and holarchically nested ecological systems.
David Avelar

Healthy soil as the basis for a sustainable future
Florian Ulm

Nature-Based Design and Community-Led Initiatives towards Sustainability
Gil Penha Lopes

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