Carlos Montes

Carlos Montes

Ecology Professor

Autonomous University of Madrid

"Green Infrastructure. ¿A new paradox in the conservation of the environment?"

A Professor of Ecology at the Autonomous University of Madrid, and the Chairman of the Fernando González Bernáldez Inter-University Foundation for the investigation and preservation of nature areas (www.uam.es/otros/fungobe). He is also the Director of the Ideas for Change Laboratory known as the Sustainability Classroom of the International University of Andalusia (http://www.unia.es/sostenibilidad). He is the Head of the Research Group of the Social Ecosystems Laboratory at the Autonomous University of Madrid (www.uam.es/socioecosistemas). Professor Montes is currently one of the coordinators on the Project for the Evaluation of Millennium Ecosystems in Spain (www.ecomilenio.es).

He worked as scientific coordinator of the National Inventory on Wetlands, the Research Programme on the Guadiamar Green Way following the mining dump in Aznalcóllar, the Andalusian Wetlands Plan, the Directive Plan of the RENPA (Andalusian Network of Protected Nature Areas), and the guidelines for a new law on nature areas in Andalusia (Andalucia +20). He has also been a scientific advisor to the Spanish Agency for Cooperation towards Development in drawing up the Araucaria XXI Programme for the Preservation of Biodiversity in Latin America, within which he developed projects in the Galapagos National Park in Ecuador (where he was named honorary park keeper), as well as in Argentina, Costa Rica and Colombia. He is Chairman of the NGO for cooperation towards development: Ecological and Social Networks for Sustainability.

Paula Gil

Paula Gil

Coordinator of the development team of the future national Strategy on Green Infrastructure, connectivity and ecology restoration

National Natural Sciences Museum

"Towards a proposal of a national Strategy on Green Infrastructure, connectivity and ecology restoration"

Degree in Biological Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid and PhD from the Higher Technical School of Forestry Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid.

She embarked on her professional venture in the field of palynology as part of the archaeobotany team at the Centre for Historic Studies (CSIC). Since then, however, much of her career was shaped at the Forest Research Centre (INIA), where she conducted studies on phytoclimatology of tree and bush species in forests, on biodiversity at the National Forest Inventory, on physiognomy of vegetation, forest biomass for energy purposes and on networks for monitoring damage to Spanish forests.

Paula is currently working at the National Museum of Natural Sciences (CSIC), where she is devoted to preparing the State Strategy for Green Infrastructure and for Ecological Connectivity and Restoration, and carries out coordination tasks together with Fernando Valladares and Alicia Forner under a management assignment entrusted to CSIC by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment (MAGRAMA).

Rafael Hidalgo

Head of the Protected Natural Spaces Area

Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment

"Green Infrastructure: Concepts, elements and basis for a national Strategy in Spain"

Graduated with a degree in Biological Sciences

Head of the Protected Natural Spaces Area, in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (MAGRAMA).

Coordinator of the Protected Natural Spaces Committee, as well as of the Wetlands Committee, from the National Commission for Natural Heritage and Biodiversity. Member of the Habitats Committee; of the Experts Group for Birds and Habitats Directives; and of the workgroup about Green Infrastructure and Restoration of the European Union. Focus National Point of the working program for Protected Areas, within the agreement about biological diversity.

Technical Director of the management delegation MAGRAMA-CSIC “Elaboration of the national Strategy of Green Infrastructure, Connectivity and Ecology Restoration”

Margarida Parés

Margarida Parés

Head of the Biodiversity Program

Barcelona City Council

"Green and Biodiversity Plan of Barcelona, as a solution based in the NBS nature "

Margarita Parés i Rifà is a biologist specialising in urban ecology and the environment who has worked for Barcelona City Council since 1986 in the field of biodiversity in urban surroundings. Margarita is the co-author of the books entitled Ecology of a City: Barcelona (1985), Water in Barcelona (1986) and Barcelona 1985-1999. Ecology of a City (1999), all published by the City Council of Barcelona. She also wrote the Barcelona Nature Guide. A Glance at the City's Natural History (2006), published by the City Council and Lynx Edicions. Margarita is currently in charge of the City Council's Biodiversity Programme, which takes care of coordinating and promoting the Green and Biodiversity Plan, which was approved by the Council in 2013.

Pedro Calaza

Pedro Calaza

Member of the Executive Board

Spanish Public Parks and Gardens Association

"The Green Infrastructure as a natural public health system. Context and municipal applicability in A Coruña"

With a PhD in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Santiago Compostela and a PhD in Landscape Architecture from the University of Lisbon, Pedro carries out his professional work in the private sphere, which involves planning, designing, executing and managing green urban areas. Pedro combines these functions with research and teaching work. He is a member of the Committee of Experts from the Galician School of Landscape, and a lecturer on the Juana de Vega Masters in Landscape Architecture. Pedro has delivered conferences and published a number of articles in national and international journals, as well as a series of books. His research work focuses on aspects linked to biomechanics and landscape architecture, especially in the context of green infrastructure in its various branches, relating it to public health and eco-planning. He is the Dean of the Official School of Agricultural Engineers of Galicia, the Secretary of the Galician Council for Advanced Engineering, and a member of the Board of Managers of the Spanish Association of Public Parks and Gardens.

Montserrat Hernández

Head of the Forest Management Technical Unit

Zaragoza City Council

"Presentation of the LIFE Project "Zaragoza Natural""

A qualified Technical Forest Engineer and Forest Scientist from the University of Lleida, Montserrat is a civil servant at Zaragoza City Council, where she has been the Head of the Forest Management Technical Unit within the Environment and Sustainability Agency since 2008.

Her career began in a private company where she spent four years working as an environmental consultant, after which she went on to occupy various posts working for government institutions and public companies in different regions, including the Catalonian Government at the Department for the Environment, and the Aragonese Government at the Environmental Development Association and the Ebro Hydrography Confederation.

Montserrat's work on the Council focuses on environmental management, natural resources, and wild flora and fauna, having enhanced her training with a Masters in Environmental Impact Assessment and a Postgraduate Course in Restoration of Impoverished Areas.

She is currently a Technical Coordinator on the LIFE project “Zaragoza Natural” (LIFE 12 ENV ES/000567), which was allocated to Zaragoza City Council by the EC in 2012.

Xavier Carbonell

Xavier Carbonell

Environmental mediator

ARC Environmental Mediation

"Technical session: Presentation of success stories at national level"

Environmental Mediator. An Agricultural Scientist from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Xavier has a degree in Community Mediation from the Social Work College of the University of Barcelona, where he gained an in-depth knowledge of public territorial management, natural resources and public areas.

He has dedicated over 20 years to designing and executing participative processes on a national, regional and local level. Xavier specialised in Social Management of Natural Resources at the CNEARC in Montpelier (France), and boasts qualifications and experience in the Anthropology of International Development and Cooperation.

He lectures on several postgraduate and masters courses on conflict management and fostering communal living, and is an associate researcher at the ICTA-UAB (Institute of Environmental Science and Technology) in fields linked to social-environmental and territorial conflicts. Xavier is linked to the CREAF as an Environmental Governance Technician. He has encouraged a number of workshops on the process of technically defining green infrastructure in Zaragoza in the context of the LIFE programme, and on promoting the local organic product initiative Huerta LIFE Km0, driven by Zaragoza City Council.

Luis Manso de Zúñiga

Luis Manso de Zúñiga

Head of the Environment Conservation Unit

Zaragoza City Council

"Presentation of the LIFE Project "Zaragoza Natural""

A Technical Agricultural Engineer, Luis has been working as a civil servant for Zaragoza City Council since 1987 as the Head of the Environment Conservation Unit.

After over a quarter of a century working for the Council, his work has always focused on environmental management and the conservation of natural surroundings, and over the years he has gradually introduced technological tools into the management process. Luis has a Masters in Geographical Information Technology for Territorial Planning: Geographical Information and Remote Detection (University of Zaragoza).

He has worked as a technician on a number of European projects such as LIFE “Zaragoza, development and demonstration of a pilot experience to progress in multi-agent strategies for participation in decision-making”, which was allocated to Zaragoza City Council by the EC in 1998 /ENV/E/000346.

He is currently the Technical Manager of the LIFE project “Zaragoza Natural” (LIFE 12 ENV ES/000567), which was allocated to Zaragoza City Council by the EC in 2012.

Carles Dalmases

Carles Dalmases

Territory Analyst

Barcelona Province Council

"Green Infrastructure and territory planning: The experience of the Regional Government of Barcelona"

Carles Dalmases Llordés is a biologist specialising in territory analysis, geographic information systems and biodiversity databases. From 1996 until 2005, he worked at the Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF - UAB) coordinating projects linked to GIS and protected nature area planning and management. Since 2005, he has been working at the Technical Office for Planning and Territorial Analysis of Barcelona Provincial Council. There, he is in charge of coordinating the Territorial Information System for the Network of Open Areas in the Province of Barcelona (SITxell, http://www.sitxell.eu/en/), as well as other projects on territorial planning and protected nature areas.

José Fariña

José Fariña

University Professor

Technical University of Madrid

"Green Infrastructure in the urban and regional planning system"

José Fariña has a PhD in Architecture, a Law Degree, a Masters in Business Organisation and is a qualified Urban Technician from the Institute of Local Administration Studies (IEAL). This university professor is part of the Polytechnic University of Madrid's consolidated research group in Architecture, Urbanisation and Sustainability. He has lectured on a number of post-graduate courses in Spain, Italy, France and several Latin American countries. He was the editor of the Urban journal and is currently the editor of Ci[ur]. José is a Member of the Editorial Board of CF+S, of the Science Committee for the journals TRIARETICULAURBS and PLANUR-e, and of the Spanish Habitat Committee. He is also an Expert in Best Practice for the Spanish Ministry of Public Works, for the FEMP (Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces) and for the EU's Working Group on Urban Design for Sustainability. José also advises the Working Group on Sustainable Construction from AENOR's Technical Standardisation Committee AEN CTN-041. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of the GBCe (Green Building Council Spain) and of the Scientific Committee of the ASA (Sustainability and Architecture Association).

José has drawn up several projects for Urban Planning and Protection of Historic Heritage, Environment and Landscape, as well as Catalogues on Urban Heritage and the Natural Environment. He has also worked as Head of Projects for SODETEG (Societé d'études techniques et d'entreprises generales) and as Managing Director of OTAPLAN SA.

He has delivered more than 150 papers at national and international conferences, and has directed over 30 doctoral theses (21 of which received the cum laude distinction).

Cristina del Pozo

Cristina del Pozo

Undergraduate Program in Landscape Architecture

King Juan Carlos University

"Planning, design and implementation of urban Green Infrastructure"

A landscape architect with a PhD from the ETSAM - Technical University of Madrid

In the academic world, Cristina directs the Masters in Landscape Architecture at the USP CEU in Madrid and coordinates the Degree in Landscape Architecture at the URJC in the Spanish capital. She has also written a number of articles and publications.

Professionally speaking, Cristina directs the Sunlight studio (www.sunlight.es) where she works alongside the rest of the landscape operations team to create, enrich and maintain a natural, social and constructional environment combining design, ecology and landscape to produce extraordinary settings where people can feel at one with nature.

Susana Domínguez Lerena

Susana Domínguez Lerena

Environmental consultant

SDL Environment Research and Dissemination

"Urban Forest without irrigation: LIFE+ "Quick Urban Forest" Project"

Susana is a Forest Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, and also boasts a degree in Forestry Engineering  from the University of Valladolid. She is the Chairwoman of Bosques sin Fronteras (Forests without Borders).

For 11 years, Susana has worked on field projects in a quest to improve reforestation and plant quality at the “El Serranillo” Centre for Genetic Forest Improvement (under the Spanish Ministry of the Environment). Along the way, she has collaborated with various Spanish and international organisations such as INIA, CSIC, IMIDRA, IPE and CEMAGREF, as well as with several universities. Susana’s work at this stage focussed on improving plantations by means of field tests using mycorrhizae, retainers, fertilisers, protection tubes, etc. She has also directed the project for cataloguing and raising awareness on Spain's most singular trees "Living Legend Trees".

Susana’s efforts have focussed largely on disseminating the work and developments made in methods to improve communication with society. She has written a great many books and articles, and has worked at length with different media, including the radio and TV. She is a member of the forestry communication work group of the FAO and of the SILVAMED Urban Forestry work group (FAO), as well as coordinating the Singular Trees work group of the Spanish Society of Forest Sciences. Susana also coordinates the Urban Tree Management Course of the COITF and is a founding member of the Green Southern European Cities Group (GSEC). She has spent over 15 years working as an environmental consultant in her company SDL Investigación y Divulgación del Medio Ambiente, S.L. (http://sdlmedioambiente.com/), which aims to highlight the value of the natural environment in every aspect by carrying out appealing projects that link the environment to financial development.

Carlos Sánchez Martínez

Carlos Sánchez Martínez


Nature and Man Foundation

"Green Belt of Bay of Santander: Connecting nature and city"

Carlos Sánchez Martínez has been the president of the Nature and Man Foundation since its inception in 1994 as an institution that has driven a great number of environmental preservation projects, both in the Spanish area of Cantabria and in the western Iberian Peninsula.

He has coordinated a great many projects:

  • LIFE + Green Belt in Santander Bay: Connecting Nature and the City
  • LIFE + Preservation of Biodiversity in the Miera River
  • LIFE + Estates for Conservation of the Western Iberian Peninsula
  • LIFE + Preservation of Biodiversity in the Western Iberian Peninsula: Campanarios Nature Reserve in Azaba.
  • Iberclima. Climate change and biodiversity in the Iberian Peninsula.
  • Interreg III-B Waterwaysnet Atlantic Space, with joint funding from the EU and the regional government of Cantabria.
  • LIFE + Recovery and Preservation of Biodiversity in the Asón River Basin.
  • Interreg IIIbWaterwaysnet Asón Basin Project.

Carlos is an Agrarian Technician with a masters in protected nature areas. He has written several books and articles on flora, fauna and nature areas in the Spanish region of Cantabria and the Mediterranean, and has encouraged the creation of Spain's main private biological reserves in the western Iberian Peninsula, such as Campanarios de Azaba. He has also driven the creation of several research, interpretation and environmental education centres, such as the Campanarios de Azaba Biology Station in Salamanca, the Ecomuseum-Fluviarium of Liérganes in Cantabria, and the Forest Nursery of El Pendo in Cantabria.

 Carlos appreciates the advantages of working in a coordinated network and has therefore founded the Spanish Association of Private Foundations for Nature Preservation, and has chaired the Spanish Committee of the International Union for Nature Conservation (CeIUCN), from 2008 until 2014, where he had already stood as the deputy chairman.

Francesca Lotta

Francesca Lotta

PhD in Urban and Regional Planning

University of Palermo

"Green networks and urban planning. Urban instruments for the construction and management of the reticulated structure"

With a PhD in Urban and Regional Planing from the  Università degli Studi di Palermo jointly tutored by the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Francesca is a landscape designer and an expert in ecological restoration, recovery and rehabilitation in quarry areas.

Since 2009, Francesca's research has covered various environmental topics, especially the link between the environment and urban and regional planning. Much of her research work focuses on public spaces and landscape. Francesca has collaborated with a variety of institutions in Italy and abroad, including Ispra, the Urban and Regional Planning department of the Polytechnic University of Madrid, and has taken part in several research projects, such as  Remasi Reti ecologiche Trasfrontaliere Italia-Malta at the Università degli Studi di Palermo, and PlanPais The integration of landscape in planning processes at the University of Granada. In recent years, she has conducted research into the topic of traditional landscape and its conservation at the Department of Agrarian Science at the University of Palermo. After collaborating with Formez PA and working on the project PRIN Territori post-metropolitani come forme urbane emergenti, she has taken an interest in metropolitan areas and their management.

Since 2012, Francesca is cultore della materia  at the workshop for the analysis of the city and region, and also at Urban Planning II in the Polytechnic University of Palermo since 2014.

She has been writing for the  InFolio journal for four years and is an assessor for the journals  SDT Scienze Del Territorio and Agribusiness Landscape and Environment since three years ago.

Francesca published her doctoral thesis in monograph number 88 in the Ci[ur] Urban Planning Research Journal, and her reflections on green infrastructure have been gathered for publication in the next edition of Springer.

Pilar Zapata

Pilar Zapata

Senior Project Manager


"TURAS Project - Transitioning Towards Urban Resilicience and Sustainability"

Ms. Pilar Zapata Aranda, MSc. in Biology and specialised in Organisms and Environmental Sciences, is Senior Project Manager at BIOAZUL S.L. (Malaga, Spain) from February 2006 to present date. During these 10 years, she has gained vast experience in acquisition, selection and evaluation of ideas, definition of R&D&I strategies, planning, facilitation, development and coordination of R&D&I, promotion and international cooperation projects under various European Programmes funded by the European Commission (EC) and the Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME, the former Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation, EACI), amongst other funding bodies.

These projects are developed at European level, but also in International Cooperation with Asia, Africa or Latin America within the Framework Programmes of the EC (Sixth – 6FP, Seventh – 7FP, Horizon 2020 – H2020), as well as Intelligent Energy – Europe (IEE) and CIP-Ecoinnovation Programmes of the EACI, and they are mainly related to waste management, water management, treatment and reuse, ecological sanitation, renewable energies, circular economy, natural resources sustainability and other environmental issues. In addition, she also has vast experience in proposals writing and submission, consortia set up and management and budgets preparation according to the different programmes and funding schemes, as well as in proposals negotiation with funding bodies like the EC.

Marc Montlleó

Marc Montlleó

Technical Director / Director of the Energy and Environment Projects Department

Barcelona Regional, Urban Development Agency SA

"Discussion panel"

Marc has a degree in Biology from the University of Barcelona and a Masters in Environmental Engineering from the ICT and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). He has been working for the public company Barcelona Regional Urban Development Agency SA since 1999 and is the director of Environmental Projects since 2011. Marc is now an associate lecturer for the Barcelona Institute of Architecture on the Productive Land Programme workshop, a lecturer on the Masters in City Management at the UOC since 2008, and the coordinator of the study module "Social Metabolism, Sustainability" in the Masters on Urban and Regional Development at the UPC.

Whilst working for Barcelona Regional, he has been involved in: coordinating Strategic Environmental Assessment within the Regional Plan for the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona; three years working on the process of restoring the last stretch of the Besòs river (a project with co-funding from the EU); developing environmental criteria for the coastal area of Besòs; an artificial reef project in the coastal area of Barcelona; drawing up the outline and executive project of the Sealife Zoo; working on environmental guidelines for the Vallbona Eco-Neighbourhood; and writing up environmental reports on urban modifications in the city of Barcelona (MPGM Sant Andreu, La Marina del Prat Vermell, Vall Ebron, Sagrera, Sants, Pau de Pedralbes, Porta Trinitat and other areas). Marc has been a member of the environmental monitoring committees of Barcelona Airport, the Baix Llobregat water treatment plant, and the diversion of the Llobregat river. He has also worked on a variety of regional and urban planning projects.

Marc currently focuses his work on the effects of climate change in the city of Barcelona, green infrastructure and environmental services in urban parks.

ZINNAE - Cluster for the efficient use of water

ZINNAE - Cluster for the efficient use of water

Beniamino Russo (Aquatec - EUPLA) / Lucía Soriano (FNCA) / Manuel Arce (Zeta Amaltea)

"Technical session: New formulas for urban water management by means of Green Infrastructures"

This technical session will be held in Lecture Room 1 of the Etopía building at the end of day one of the event. There is a limited number of spaces, so it is important to confirm attendance by emailing Clara Presa - cpresa@zinnae.org

Thursday 20 October 2016, 18:00 to 19:30.

  • Beniamino Russo, Aquatec (Suez Water Advanced Solutions) - EUPLA
    • Impact of and adaptation to climate change in the urban water cycle thanks to nature-based solutions
  • Lucía Soriano, FNCA - Fundación Nueva Cultura del Agua
    • Sustainability indicators for comprehensive management of rainwater in urban environments
  •  Manuel Arce, Zeta Amaltea
    • Tools supporting the implementation of SUDs in Zaragoza

In the field of urban water management, it has long been known that one of the major impacts of big cities on the natural environment is caused when urban areas are “washed” during rainfall. Sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDs) intend to promote more natural water management in urban areas by encouraging rainwater to filter through right where it falls or nearby. Among the advantages this provides, it reduces the flow of torrents produced by rain and thus lessens the damages caused to urban infrastructure and services.

Nevertheless, SUDs are scarcely implemented in Spain, largely due to the lack of experience and technical knowledge of how to to do so, despite the fact that the English-speaking world has already produced tools to help implement these systems.

The aim of these sessions is to reveal the current state of the art in Spain and beyond, and to consider the implementation of SUDs in Zaragoza based on the knowledge of the engineering firms, research centres and water specialists available. 


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