Natural Capital Conversations – The Value of Natural Infrastructure in Urban Planning

June 22, 2021 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Cities in Asia-Pacific are experiencing rapid growth. While the share of urban population is still lower than the global average, high urbanization rates bring well-known challenges of infrastructure development, inequalities, and vulnerability to climate risks. The prevalence of informal settlements adds some complexity to urban challenges, making good urban planning paramount for the health and wellbeing of current and future city-dwellers. Drawing from diverse perspectives, this panel will explore the following questions:

  • What are the main trends in urban planning in Asia Pacific, and how are they applied on the ground?
  • How is the concept of nature-based solutions applied in urban planning projects?
  • Is there scope for nature-based solutions in rapidly-growing informal settlements in Asian cities?

Moderator & Panelist:

  • Perrine Hamel, Assistant Professor, NTU Asian School of the Environment (Moderator)
  • Rita Padawangi, Associate Professor of Sociology at Centre for University Core, Singapore University of Social Sciences
  • Erich Wolff, Ph.D. student at Monash University in Australia


The Natural Capital Conversations is the newest addition to NatCap’s virtual programming. Join us for monthly live conversations with expert panelists from across NatCap’s diverse network of scientists, practitioners, and leaders in government and the private sector.

Our Conversations format is designed to spark engaging discussion, learn from others’ experiences, and promote connections with collaborators old and new.

In 2021, the events will feature everything from climate-smart coastal planning to cultural ecosystem services and more. We encourage you to participate in the live sessions, where you’ll be able to engage with panelists. Each session’s recording will be posted on our YouTube page after the event. 

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