EUROPARC is part of the two year LIFE UrbanGreeningPlans project that will work on greening urban areas through implementing better management practices and Nature Based Solutions.
Designing innovative mechanisms to plan, implement, strengthen and manage green infrastructures in (peri-)urban areas
- Duration 2021 – 2023
The EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030 calls upon cities with over 20.000 inhabitants to create Urban Greening Plans by the end of 2021. These plans aim to bring nature back into cities to support biodiversity and mitigate climate change. To help cities achieve this ambitious goal, the European Commission will create a EU Urban Greening Platform, under a new ‘Green City Accord’ with cities and mayors. This is the framework of the new LIFE UrbanGreeningPlans project, of which EUROPARC is happy to be a partner.
There are a number of challenges for cities that want to implement Urban Greening Plans. The project will work on tackling the main 4:
- Lack of knowledge and expertise among policy makers and city officers on how to implement and maintain Green Infrastructures
- Bad connectivity and accessibility of peri-urban green spaces due to growing cities and spatial pressure, as well as due to the historically poor urban planning of peri-urban areas
- Poor cooperation across different sectors within a municipality and/or different municipalities. Co operations are needed because of the multi-scalar and multi-functional nature of Green Infrastructure
- Lack of innovative and effective strategies to involve local businesses and the wider public.
Through demonstrating and implementing innovative actions, sharing best practice case studies and producing guidelines, the project aims to pave the way for urban areas throughout Europe to include Green Infrastructure, Nature Based Solutions (NBS) and the promotion of healthy ecosystems in their urban planning. The project supports one of EUROPARC’s main messages: the value of green (peri-)urban spaces for our daily physical and mental well being.
The project was publicly launched at the EUROPARC webinar during the EU Green Week “Urban forestry as a Nature Based Solution to mitigate climate change and reduce pollution”:
The project will work over a period of 2 years and includes the following 7 partners:
- Brussels Environment – Brussels (lead partner)
- EUROPARC Federation – Regensburg
- Câmara Municipal de Lisboa – Lisbon
- Parco Nord Milano – Milan
- Barcelona Metropolitan Area – Barcelona
- Management Authority of Schinias Marathon National Park, Mount. Hymettus and Southeast Attica – Athens
- Philodassiki Enossi Athinon – Athens
You can find more about each of the project partners and their specific outputs in the “Project Partners” tab.
LIFE UrbanGreeningPlans wants to enable local policy makers and green space managers of the 5 participating cities to design and demonstrate innovative mechanisms to increase the overall presence of biodiversity in their territories.
It aims to do so by:
- Mobilizing international networks to identify the most promising mechanisms for biodiversity enhancement to be included in Urban Greening Plans
- Putting in place ambitious and promising management actions to increase and enhance biodiversity in 2 urban areas (Milan and Lisbon)
- Improve biodiversity, connectivity and accessibility in 3 peri-urban greenspaces, each of them with different casuistics (Athens, Barcelona, Brussels)
- Smoothen local decision-making and the implementation of innovative biodiversity mechanisms by actively involving different departments and/or different municipalities in co-decision processes and overcoming language barriers across sectors (Brussels, Barcelona)
- Develop mechanisms for local public authorities to involve businesses and the local public more effectively in implementing and managing (peri-)urban green spaces (Milan, Athens)
All the information and experiences collected will then lay the foundations for a Knowledge Hub, created specifically for local policy makers, green infrastructure planners en greenspace managers of other cities in Europe. It will give them concrete examples and how-to guidelines to start their own Urban Greening Plans.
You can find more details on the projects objectives and outputs in “Actions & Outputs” tab.
The total budget of the project is 999.628 € and is partially financed by the LIFE Programme of the European Union.