H2020-funded project aims to ‘re-nature’ cities

H2020-funded project aims to ‘re-nature’ cities

Through Horizon 2020 funding the URBAN GreenUP project aims to contribute to the mitigation of climate change risks in cities, increase resilience to climate change effects and improve air quality.

Under the co-ordination of CARTIF Technology Centre, based in Valladolid, Spain, 25 partners from nine countries are working together to develop a strategy to ‘re-nature’ cities through Nature-based solutions (NBS).

Raúl Sánchez-Francés, project co-ordinator of URBAN GreenUP, said that the programme “is a real opportunity to establish a solid methodology to re-nature our cities, providing a tool for public administration bodies, service providers, and citizens to transform cities in places where urban and natural conditions can co-exist.”

The initiative was launched on 7 June and will be demonstrated in three European cities: Valladolid, Spain; Liverpool, UK; and Izmir, Turkey, before being replicated across Europe, Latin America and Asia.

URBAN GreenUP aims to raise awareness about the benefits of re-naturing cities and making them more sustainable areas.

“Through introducing Nature back into cities it is hoped that [they] will become more sustainable and resilient and be better placed to cope with current and predicted climate change risks and other environmental and social challenges,” added Sánchez-Francés.

The Re-naturing Urban Plan (RUP) offers a green transformation in cities through NBS. Partners of the initiative will focus on a ‘green economy in cities’ approach in order to explore and promote a dynamic economic concept which supports employment, generates new business models, attracts talent and provides goods and services.

Activities planned in the three demonstrator cities will include technological elements which connect with citizens and improve awareness, in addition to well-being, educational, mentoring and support activities.

The five cities which will follow the initial three are Mantova, Italy; Ludwigsburg, Germany; Medellin, Colombia; Chengdu, China; and Binh Dinh-Quy Nhon, Vietnam.

These cities will develop on the initiative established in Valladolid, Liverpool and Izmir, establishing their own re-naturing urban plans.