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EnRoute stands for Enhancing Resilience of urban ecosystems through green infrastructure. EnRoute is a project of the European Commission in the framework of the EU Biodiversity Strategy and the Green Infrastructure Strategy. EnRoute provides scientific knowledge of how urban ecosystems can support urban planning at different stages of policy and for various spatial scales and how to help policy-making for sustainable cities. It aims to promote the application of urban green infrastructure at local level and delivers guidance on the creation, management and governance of urban green infrastructure. Importantly, it illustrates how collaboration between and across different policy levels can lead to concrete green infrastructure policy setting.

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Germany will make its cities greener.

Germany intends to increase the amount of green space in its cities, particularly in socially deprived areas, according to an ‘urban nature master plan’ published by the environment ministry on 22 October 2018.  It proposes new measures to increase parkland, urban forests and recreational areas as part of a €15 million programme set to launch in 2020, with funding aimed at promoting biodiversity and setting up green learning spaces.

Source: ENDS Europe.

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Assessing Nature-Based Recreation to Support Urban Green Infrastructure Planning in Trento (Italy)

Maps of Recreation Potential (RP) and Recreation Opportunity Spectrum (ROS) in the city of Trento.

Providing adequate green spaces for nature-based recreation is among the main goals of urban planning, but commonly-used indicators offer a partial view on the issue. EnRoute scientists Chiara Cortinovis, Grazia Zulian and Davide Geneletti present an application of the ESTIMAP-recreation model to the city of Trento (Italy).  This model maps the recreation opportunities for urban dwellers. The paper demonstrates how such data can be used for urban planning. 

A link to the open access paper published in Land is available here...More

Stockholm integrates urban green infrastructure and ecosystem services in the new city plan

Stockholm adopted a new urban plan.  Making use of the assets that the city’s green spaces represent and  developing parks and areas of countryside is an intrinsic part of the plan. As Stockholm’s population grows, initiatives are needed to improve the city’s green spaces, make them more accessible and add additional new parks.  The plan contains more details of how to deploy Stockholm's blue green infrastructure, create a network of habitats for specific species and enhance urban ecosystem services. 


Presentations of the Biodiver-City conference on Sofia are available.

EnRoute Conference: Biodiver-City: Enhancing urban biodiversity and ecosystem services to make cities more resilient

Conference in collaboration with the Bulgarian presidency of the EU, the European Green Week and the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria, 24 April 2018.

Plenary session 1: The importance of urban biodiversity for nature and people

How to measure the condition of urban ecosystems? Here is an innovative approach tested in Karlovo (Bulgaria), one of the EnRoute city labs

This paper published by Bulgarian scientists in One Ecosystem explains how a combination of in-situ inspections of individual urban trees and observations based on remote sensing of urban vegetation can help assess the health of urban ecosystems. Both methods are applied to different urban green spaces in Karlovo and deliver an insight on the vitality of the tree communities in the city.More