BLUE GREEN CITY – Blue and Green Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities


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Climate change adaptation is one of the greatest challenges that EU regional and local authorities will face in the 21st century. We cannot address climate change without addressing biodiversity loss since healthy ecosystems will be able to better maintain the supply of ecosystem services on which our prosperity and wellbeing depend. Ecosystem-based approaches together with the preservation of the natural heritage should, therefore, be an integral part of the overall climate change adaptation and mitigation effort. It is in this context that the project “BLUE GREEN CITY – Blue and Green Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities” will focus on improving policies that promote (GBI) as an integral part of local or regional preservation of natural heritage strategies that are relevant to any European region.

By mid-2022, BLUE GREEN CITY will:

  1. Assess current Policy instruments, and explore and evaluate with stakeholders the potential barriers and drivers for adopting GBI in the participating cities/regions.
  2. Develop/improve GBI strategies for each participating city/region, including an assessment of climate change vulnerabilities, mapping of existing GBI provision, economic and non-monetary valuation of its ecosystem services, a Biodiversity Action Plan, and a strategic spatial plan for future GBI implementation in order to create functional ecological connectivity between cities and peri-urban protected areas (PUPAs).

The overall objective of the project is to improve policies that promote the GBI as an integral part of a local/regional natural heritage preservation strategy. How will this be achieved?

The project will increase individual, organizational, stakeholder and external knowledge of the concept of ecosystem services and the value of GBI through project events, workshops and training. This will be done through interregional Policy learning process and collaboration in finding common solutions to common challenges posed by climate change adaptation, and by sharing experience and exchanging good practices.

Duration: 01.08.2019 – 31.07.2022. (36 months)

Project Partners – 8 Project institutions from 8 EU Member States/regions:

  • Metropolis Nice Coted d’Azur (Euromed Cities Network), France
  • University of Greenwich (Department of Architecture & Landscape), United Kingdom
  • Piedmont Region (Environment, Territorial Government and Protection Directorate – Division of Strategic Planning and Green Economy), Italy
  • Southern Regional Assembly, Ireland
  • Bucharest-Ilfov Regional Development Agency, Romania
  • City of Ingolstadt (Department for Health, Climate Protection and Environment), Germany
  • Rijeka Development Agency Porin Ltd. (RDA Porin), Croatia
  • Municipality of Växjö (Executive Office, Sustainable Development Section), Sweden

Funding programme: Interreg Europe

Project Budget: 1.348.909,00 

Official webpage: https://www.interregeurope.eu/bluegreencity/