Let's Crop the Diversity (LCD)

Objective: 

“Let’s Crop the Diversity” (LCD) aims to redevelop urban spaces through the coproduction of solutions based on nature (NBS) to promote resilience and environmental quality of the geographical areas of intervention.

The goal of this project is developing an Urban Agricultural System that, thanks to the use of NBS, allows to regenerate abandoned, unused and/or under-used spaces in densely urbanized areas. LCD intends to face this challenge in a social, innovative, multi-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary way, involving local stakeholders in order to develop a model based on the participation of citizens.


Objectives of the iniative:

  • Regenerate abandoned, unused and/or under-used spaces in densely urbanized areas
  • Promote innovative agricultural practices
  • Involvement of citizens and marginalized social classes (Social benefits)
Actions: 

LCD provides a set of activities related to the innovation of agricultural practices, information campaigns and involvement of citizens and marginalized social classes, and training courses aimed at local stakeholders.


Expected time for the NBS to become fully effective after implementation: between 2 and 5 years (medium).

Expected life time of the interventions: 25 years

NBS benefits 
  • Reducing temperature at meso or micro scale
  • Developing climate change mitigation
  • Carbon sequestration and storage
  • Restoring ecosystems and their functions
  • Increased cultural richness and biodiversity
  • Enhancing sustainable urbanisation
  • Changing image of the urban environment
  • Creation of green jobs relating to construction & maintenance of NBS
  • Increase accessibility to green open spaces
  • Increase communities’ sense of ownership
  • Increase population & infrastructures protected by NBS
  • Increase social interaction
  • Increase stakeholder awareness & knowledge about NBS
  • Provision of health benefits
  • Social inclusion
  • Social learning about location & importance of NBS
Lessons learned: 

Process enablers:

Knowledge drivers → Generation of evidence → Research on benefits

Knowledge gained through experiences with implementing successful projects where urban green spaces were introduced, improved in quality, or restored as well as lessons learned from less successful projects is deemed as being instrumental for effectively employing NBS in urban planning.


Process inhibitors

Economy barriers → Budget constraints → Lack of funding and knowledge

City budgets for green development and the maintenance of green spaces often face severe budget constraints, while staff and related expertise is decreasing.

Financing: 

Global (estimated) cost of the project: 50k€ - 200k€

The project is searching for subsidies.

NBS classification 
  • Objects Shapes
  • On the Ground
  • Structures characterized by food and resource production
  • Vegetable gardens
Table 1 - Ecosystem Services*

* adapted from CICES/MAES-urban

Green space management: 
Food provision
Cultural
Nature based education
Heritage, cultural
Urban temperature regulation
Links to further Ecosystem-based Approaches: 
Green Infrastructure (GI)
Table 2 - NBS Multiple Benefits**
Enhancing sustainable urbanisation: 
Changing image of the urban environment
Increase awareness of NBS solution & their effectiveness and co benefits
Increase communities’ sense of ownership
Increase population & infrastructures protected by NBS
Increase social interaction
Increase stakeholder awareness & knowledge about NBS
Increase well-being
Provision of health benefits
Social inclusion
Social learning about location & importance of NBS
Restoring ecosystems and their functions: 
Increase Biodiversity
Increased cultural richness and biodiversity
Developing climate change mitigation: 
Carbon sequestration and storage
Developing climate change adaptation; improving risk management and resilience: 
Flood peak reduction
Increase infiltration / Water storage
Reduce load to sewer system
Reducing temperature at meso or micro scale
Contacts: 

Elisa , Massa (elisa.massa@rina.org)

Rina company: landscape/architecture agency

Further information

Nature4Cities (https://www.nature4cities.eu/) aims to develop a knowledge diffusion around Nature-Based Solution (NBS) and a decision support platform through new collaborative models.

LCD is part of the Nature4Cities's pioneer case studies database, it will feed the observatory, NBS pre-selection and replication tools, gathered into the Geocluster4NBS.

LCD was chosen as a pioneer case study for the following reasons: the innovation of agricultural practices, information campaigns and involvement of citizens and marginalized social classes.

Nature4Cities project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 730468.


(IT_1) Nature4Cities Sub-Urban Challenges classification: (1) Climate mitigation (2) Flood management, (3) Air quality locally, (4) Urban space management, (5) Soil management, (7) Quality of life, Health, (8) Envir. Justice Recognition, Social cohesion, Envir. Justice_Distributional Justice (9) Urban planning and form,  (10) Control of crimes, (11) Circular economy.