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URBAN GreenUP

URBAN GreenUP

 

Over the course of the past decades, many severe environmental problems have arisen due to sprawling urbanisation and climate change. Poor air quality, floods, drought, heat waves and heat island effect are just some examples. As a consequence, health and societal emergencies have emerged, calling for new radical actions on a global scale. One of these actions is URBAN GreenUP, an EU-funded project aiming to make our cities more sustainable and resilient to climate change by means of the very essence of our own environment: nature.

URBAN GreenUP’s approach is based on the revolutionary concept of Renaturing Urban Planning (RUP). The goal is to develop a methodology integrating city planning and nature. This will be achieved through the design and implementation of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) in urban areas.

URBAN GreenUP aims at obtaining a tailored methodology (1) to support the co-development of Renaturing Urban Plans focused on climate change mitigation and adaptation and efficient water management, and (2) to assist in the implementation of NBS in an effective way. NBS classification and parametrization will be addressed and some resources to support decision making will be established as part of the project activities.

Through the implementation of very technical nature-based solutions in large-scale districts, URBAN GreenUP aims at achieving a variety of impacts related with both environmental and socio-economic aspects.

The nature-based solutions that will be implemented during the project cover a variety of complementary yet interconnected aspects of urban life and infrastructures. They are grouped into four main categories: re-naturing urbanization, water interventions, singular green infrastructures and non-technical interventions.

Three front-runner cities - Valladolid (Spain), Liverpool (UK) and Izmir (Turkey) – will validate and demonstrate the effectiveness of the URBAN GreenUP methodology. Based on their experience, five follower cities, Mantova (Italy), Ludwigsburg (Germany) Medellin (Colombia), Chengdu (China) and Binh Dinh-Quy Nhon (Vietnam), will set up their own Renaturing Urban Plans to replicate the URBAN GreenUP strategy and its green economy approach.

Apart from urban green transformation, the project is expected to achieve important results in other fields too. URBAN GreenUP will improve life quality and well-being in urban areas, raise awareness on the importance of environment preservation among citizens, generate new market opportunities for European companies at international level, foster the creation of transnational networks and synergies. Last but not the least, it will highlight the importance of the local communities’ active participation when addressing climate problems through co-creation activities also directly involving the citizens, who are at the core of their cities’ green regeneration.

CARTIF Technology Centre

Spain

Ayuntamiento de Valladolid

 Spain

Acciona Construccion Sa 

 Spain

Singulargreen Sl

 Spain

Fundacion Publica Andaluza Centrode Las Nuevas Tecnologias Del Agua

 Spain

Confederacion Hidrografica Del Duero

 Spain

Liverpool City Council

 United Kingdom

Community Forest Trust

 United Kingdom

The University of Liverpool

 United Kingdom

Izmir Buyuksehir Belediyesi

 Turkey

De Surdurulebilir Enerji Ve Insaat Sanayi Ticaret Limited Sirketi

 Turkey

Ege University

 Turkey

Izmir Institute of Technology

 Turkey

Bitnet Bilisim Hizmetleri Limited Sirketi

 Turkey

Gmv Aerospace and Defence Sa

 Spain

Fondazione Icons

 Italy

Acondicionamiento Tarrasense Associacion

 Spain

Universita’ Commerciale Luigi Bocconi

 Italy

Cong Ty Tnhh Dai Hoc Rmit Viet Nam

 Vietnam

Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovacao Consultadoria Empresarial E Fomento Da Inovacao Sa

 Portugal

Comune di Mantova

 Italy

Stadt Ludwigsburg

 Germany

Alcaldia de Medellin

 Colombia

Bin Dinh People's Committee

 Vietnam

Science and Technology Bureau of Chengdu Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone

 China

Ingenieria Especializada Obra Civil e Industrial Sa

 Spain