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.
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.
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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.
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.
The CIEEM Best Practice in Knowledge Sharing Award was given to the Manchester City Council for "Manchester's Great Outdoors: A Green and Blue Infrastructure Strategy for Manchester. Congratulations to the team.
CIEEM is the leading professional membership body representing and supporting ecologists and environmental managers in the UK, Ireland and abroad.More
This upcoming 4th call for proposals under the Urban Innovative Actions program, on the topic of ‘Sustainable use of land & nature based solutions‘ is of high interest for EnRoute city labs, as it includes green infrastructure in cities.
The terms of reference for the call will be published in October 2018.More
The Joint Research Centre and the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences co-organised a one day conference of urban biodiversity in Sofia on 24 April 2018. The conference received financial support from DG Environment from the European Commission. It was also a side event of the European Green Week.
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
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
Do cities use science when planning for infrastructure projects? Do scientists share their knowledge with urban policy makers? Do urban policy makers know the functions of nature in the city?
We need to know so here you can participate to our short survey on science policy interface on urban green infrastructure.
The survey is available in several languages. More