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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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Call for applications for the selection of members of the future Horizon Europe Mission Board for climate-neutral and smart cities

The European Commission launched a call for experts to join ‘Mission Boards’, which will advise the Commission for the identification and implementation of missions in Horizon Europe, the next EU research and innovation programme. There will be five ‘Mission Boards’ including one for  Climate-neutral and smart cities.

Interested people can apply here

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Final EnRoute meeting: conference report

EnRoute Final Conference

The EnRoute final conference was co-organized by the European Commission and the Committee of the Regions (CoR). The event was part of the 14th meeting of the Technical Platform for Cooperation on the Environment.

With over 100 participants, including urban policymakers from across Europe, members of the CoR and different policy departments of the Commission, the conference was an excellent opportunity to showcase how EnRoute succeeded in connecting science with policymaking at the urban level. EnRoute has...More

EU helps cities work together for a sustainable future

Cities are said to hold the key to worldwide sustainable development, and this is precisely why the EU launched the International Urban Cooperation programme (IUC) in 2016, to help Europe's cities work and share best practices with their counterparts elsewhere in the world. A win-win to tackle urban development challenges. The latest call for interest has been published recently and is open till 22 February.

​Within this round of pairings, European cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants will have the opportunity to cooperate with counterparts in Japan, China, the...More

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.