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Innovative technological platform to improve management of green areas for better climate adaptation

Reference: LIFE17 CCA/IT/000079 | Acronym: LIFE URBANGREEN

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

BACKGROUND

Nearly four out of five European citizens live in cities, which are particularly sensitive and vulnerable to climate change impacts, such as heatwaves, flooding and droughts as well as to other typically urban phenomena, such as the urban heat island effect. Specific urban adaptation strategies are therefore needed to make cities more resilient to climate change. In this context, urban green areas (UGAs) and infrastructures are seen as among the most widely applicable, economically viable and effective tools for combating the impacts of climate change and for help people adapt to or mitigate its adverse effects. Local governments invest considerable resources in the maintenance and safety of UGAs, but they are increasingly faced with budget constraints, which could eventually compromise the existing benefits of green infrastructure. Furthermore, the benefits of UGAs – improved air quality, reduced heat build-up, rainfall retention, etc. – are often not quantified easily, nor communicated to the citizens using these areas. Although some tools are available for supporting the management of these areas, there is a growing need to have in place smart and integrated systems, such as GIS, that can provide a good basis for integrating all assets, maintenance operations, environmental indicators and inputs from citizens.


OBJECTIVES

The overall aim of LIFE URBANGREEN is to consolidate the knowledge base and availability of tools for the development and evaluation of climate policy and legislation, based on an innovative management approach to UGAs that allows cities to respond to climate change. This will be achieved by optimising an innovative technological platform to monitoring the ecosystem services of UGAs and demonstrating its use in real scenarios. The aim is to improve UGA management in Rimini (Italy) and Krakow (Poland). The platform will be based on GIS technologies and will include an assessment of the ecosystem services provided by green areas in cities, a smart management of water needs of trees and their irrigation, the use of remote sensing data (2D and 3D), meteorological and an environmental monitoring system, and public participation tools (smart city).

Specifically, the project aims to:

  • Manage trees and green urban areas more efficiently, reducing water consumption and maximising their benefits in reducing storm water runoff, and thus addressing the priorities of the EU Water Framework Directive and the EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change; and
  • Develop and implement local adaptation and mitigation initiatives, contributing to the preparation of the Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP) of the City of Rimini, signatory of the Covenant of Mayors for Climate Change.
  • Expected results:

  • 83% reduction in overall GHG emissions from urban green maintenance operations (10% from road transport of vehicles used for maintenance activities);
  • 3% decrease in PM concentration (air pollutants) in pilot areas due to increased sequestration by urban green areas;
  • 30-50% increase of carbon stocked in urban trees (pilot area);
  • Reduction by 0.6-1°C of air temperature in pilot areas (compared to control areas); and
  • 30% reduction in water consumption for irrigation of urban green areas.

  • ADMINISTRATIVE DATA


    Reference: LIFE17 CCA/IT/000079
    Acronym: LIFE URBANGREEN
    Start Date: 01/07/2018
    End Date: 31/12/2021
    Total Budget: 2,513,784 €
    EU Contribution: 1,310,335 €
    Project Location:

    CONTACT DETAILS


    Coordinating Beneficiary: R3 GIS srl
    Legal Status: PCO
    Address: Via Johann Kravogl 2, 39012, Merano, Italia
    Contact Person: Paolo Viskanic
    Email: administration@r3-gis.com
    Tel: 390473494949
    Website: https://www.r3-gis.com/


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    ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ADDRESSED

    THEMES

    • Resilient communities

    KEYWORDS

    • emission reduction
    • greenhouse gas
    • water resources management
    • carbon sequestration
    • climate resilience

    TARGET EU LEGISLATION

    • Directive 2000/60 - Framework for Community action in the field of water policy (23.10.2000)
    • COM(2012)673 -"A Blueprint to Safeguard Europe's Water Resources"
    • COM(2013)216 - EU Strategy on adaptation to climate change (16.04.2013)
    • COM(2013) 249 final “Communication from the Commission on Green Infrastructure (GI) - Enhancing Europe’s Natural Capital” (06.05.2013)

    BENEFICIARIES

    Name Type
    R3 GIS srl Coordinator
    Anthea Srl, Italy Participant
    Gmina Miejska Kraków – Municipality of Krakow, Poland Participant
    ProGea 4D sp. z o.o., Poland Participant
    Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy Participant