Connecting Nature Summit Series – Innovation Summit

Co-hosted by Greenspace Scotland and Glasgow City Council, from the 23rd to the 25th of March, the Innovation Summit will bring together an international audience to explore how we shift to sustainable, greener cities that deliver for their citizens using nature-based solutions. The Summit will showcase exemplar projects from across Europe and the world with a focus on Glasgow and Scotland. It will demonstrate methods being developed collaboratively by Connecting Nature partners to realise the benefits of nature in cities.

This year the Summit will have the participation of two Brazilian cities on the inclusion of nature-based solutions in their local climate action plans. Speakers will discuss the support needed for the financing, planning and delivery of nature-based solutions. Language will be Portuguese.

Chairs: Daniela Rizzi (ICLEI) and Victor Ferraz (ICLEI SAMS)

Speakers: Cecília Guerra (Development Bank of Latin America), Edilene Oliveira (Fortaleza Municipal Secretariat of Urbanism and Environment), Carlos Ribeiro (Recife Secretary for Environment and Sustainability)

Hosted on a virtual platform with panel discussions, presentations, workshops and opportunities to connect with other delegates. The programme outline lets you see what is on offer. Free registration here

Full details are available at:


Small Ecological Houses – Integrated Architecture course

Wtach out! The Small Ecological Houses – Integrated Architecture course is coming.

It will consist of virtual meetings on Wednesdays that will introduce aspects of ecological architecture through the design and construction (in a module the post-covid part) of a small house, integrating architecture with its environment.

Fluxus will be present through Guilherme Castagna’s class in module 3 – Water – in the class “Integrated Architecture and Water”.

Pedagogical coordination by Tomaz Lotufo, co-founder of Sem-Muros, co-founder of PermaSampa, and also part of the team of educators, formed by Jorge Timmermann, Helena Ruette, Thais Simoni, Fabio Miranda, Vitor Lotufo + Semmuros : Ana Beatriz Giovani, Bianca Leopoldino, Cassia Yebra, Cassio Yugo Abuno, Flavia Burcatovsky, Henrique Pinheiro.

Stay tuned for the upcoming pre-course activities:

– March 3rd, inaugural class at 7 pm

– March 9th, live with architect Sérgio Pamplona on Sem Muros Instagram (@sem_muros)

To learn a little more and sign up, visit
or through Sem Muros Instagram profile (@sem_muros)

Hope to see you there!


The Nature of Cities Festival

Dear friends,

    We´re happy to announce our participation in the coming The Nature of Cities (TNOC) Festival. Guilherme Castagna (Fluxus founding partner) will join Brazilian Nature based Solutions (NbS) experts Sophia Picarelli (ICLEI Sth America), Juliana Ribeiro (Fundação Boticário), and Cecilia Herzog (PUC-RJ) over a 40-min session on Designing and Implementing Nature based Solutions in Brazil on the 24th, 17:40 (GMT), 14:40 (Brasilia time).

    TNOC is a virtual festival that spans 5 days with programming across all regional time zones and provided in multiple languages. TNOC Festival offers us the ability to truly connect local place and ideas on a global scale for a much broader perspective and participation than any one physical meeting in any one city could ever have achieved. The TNOC festival will take place from 22-26 February 2021. Learn more about the festival at:

    The good news! Though English will indeed be the common language of the festival—the “official” language — TNOC Festival facilitates and encourages crowdsourced sessions in various major languages. Sessions will have caption on 20 languages provided live!

Join us!


Open Talk, Integrated Water Management in Intentional Communities

We are learning every day that water is the fundamental basis for life, but how we design our water infrastructure in ways that nurture and nourishes our landscapes, our lives and the lives yet to come is increasingly a critical question.

The visioning of how individual housing solutions can be integrated into a larger community framework is one that is also key and increasing relevant.
How we can envision entire communities being designed around water as the fundamental starting point of their sustainable design is one that we are all concerned with.

This coming Sunday we will have the presence of Brazilian permaculture designer and civil engineer Guilherme Castagna, to share his years of experience designing integrated water solutions for both traditional and intentional communities, social housing, and commercial projects.

Guilherme is here in Alentejo supporting Retumbana Velha to bring about a regenerative approach to its community with rainwater harvesting as a key responsibility. The focus on a complete water cycle includes fruit tree irrigation with greywater, low-cost blackwater filtration using low cost vermifilters, creating reed-beds for water purification, biomass production and microclimate conditioning, alongside other interesting strategies.
Please join us and add into this conversation this coming Sunday!

Day: 12/13/2020
Time: 11:00 am (Lisbon time)
Location: Land of Flowers School, in Relíquias, Odemira – Portugal.