LIFE URBANGREEN PROJECT

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

Nearly 4 out of 5 European citizens live in cities and their quality of life depends largely on the quality of the urban environment, yet urban areas in Europe have to deal with a large number of environmental issues. Although the scale and intensity of the problems varies from city to city, common emergencies can be identified, including poor air quality, high levels of ambient noise, climate change and the related need for adaptation, lack of sports and play areas, low quality of green areas. All these issues constitute real environmental challenges and result in significant impacts on the life quality and economic performance of cities. Urban green areas play an important role in improving cities' resilience. They cannot be simply considered as aesthetic elements anymore, but as a real service to citizens and lively allies for urban climate regulation and climate change mitigation.

In this context, LIFE URBANGREEN aims to optimize the innovative technological platform GreenSpaces, and to improve management of green areas in 2 European cities. The platform is based on GIS technologies developed by R3GIS, and it integrates an ecosystem services assessment provided by urban green areas, a water management tool, the optimization of routes for maintenance, an environmental monitoring system with IOT technology and remote sensing data, and public participation tools.

LIFE URBANGREEN aims to demonstrate that more attention to the management of green infrastructure results in increased ecosystem services, and therefore, more ecological and economic benefits for citizens. The ultimate objective is to allow cities to better respond to climate changes.

Name: LIFE URBANGREEN LIFE17 CCA/IT/000079
Financing programme: LIFE
Project partners: R3GIS (Lead Partner), University of Milan, ProGea 4D, Anthea, ZZM
Duration: 07/2018 - 12/2021

For more information on the LIFE URBANGREEN project and the latest updates, visit www.lifeurbangreen.eu.

With the contribution of the LIFE Programme of the European Union.