The project is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme and will run from June 2018 until 2023. ProGIreg stands for ‘productive Green Infrastructure for post-industrial urban regeneration’: nature for renewal.
Dortmund (Germany), Turin (Italy), Zagreb (Croatia) and Ningbo (China) host Living Labs in post-industrial districts where nature-based solutions are developed, tested and implemented.
Cascais (Portugal), Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Piraeus (Greece) and Zenica (Bosnia and Herzegovina) closely follow the progress in the Living Labs and engage in city-to-city exchange to replicate the nature-based solutions.
Nature-based solutions have huge potential to address technical, social and economic challenges and to make urban transformation work with and for citizens.
Traditionally urbanisation has meant the loss of green spaces in cities, which has a negative impact on water, air, soil, biodiversity, human health and the climate. A sustainable future needs sustainable cities; and this is where green infrastructure and nature-based solutions can play a role and bring green elements into everyday urban living.
The European Commission defines nature-based solutions as ‘solutions that are inspired and supported by nature, which are cost-effective, simultaneously provide environmental, social and economic benefits and help build resilience’.
ProGIreg is implementing 8 types of nature-based solutions (NBS).
In the front-runner cities, eight different nature-based solutions will create productive green infrastructure that not only helps improve living conditions and reduce vulnerability to climate change, but also provides measurable economic benefits to citizens and entrepreneurs in post-industrial urban districts.
Together, local citizens, governments, businesses, NGOs and universities design the nature-based solutions and make them happen.
ProGIreg develops self-sustaining business models for nature-based solutions, based on scientific assessment of the multiple benefits they provide for social, ecological and economic regeneration.
-Planning, design and participation processes for NBS
-NBS pilot implementation
-NBS benefit assessment and monitoring
-NBS Market readiness, barriers and upscaling
-Global networking, training, dissemination and impact
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