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.

Public posts

EnRoute Webinar: Oslo and Poznan present their case studies (23 March at 11:00)

Dear EnRoute colleagues,

We organise a webinar on Friday 23 March from 11.00 to 12:00. During the webinar the Oslo and Poznan city labs will briefly present their work: what policy issue is at stake and which indicators/methods did the experts use to address these challenges.

We hope that other city labs can join the webinar to learn from the Oslo and Poznan experience. 

If you are available, please fix the date and time. 

We will use webex for the seminar. An invitation will follow by e-mail. 

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.

Registration for the Sofia workshop on 24 and 25 April 2018

Dear EnRoute colleagues,

Don't forget to register for the EnRoute workshop in Sofia on 24 and 25 April. Registration is possible by clicking here.  I will open the registration at the end of this week for non-EnRoute participants. So we need your confirmation soon as there is a limit on the number of participants. 

I remind you that the experts with a contract can plan their misssions based on the information I have sent by email.

We contracted a travel agency to book flights and hotel for the city...

5th MAES report on ecosystem condition is out.

The fifth MAES report presents indicators for mapping and assessment of ecosystem condition at European level. A set with specific indicators is available for assessment of ecosystem condition per ecosystem type. A core set with key indicators is available to support an integrated ecosystem assessment across ecosystem type.

The report contains an update of the indicators which measure the condition of urban ecosystems. 

EnRoute progress report is available.

Here is a link to the EnRoute progress report.  

The report contains a set of  policy questions collected by the 20 EnRoute city labs with respect to urban green infrastructure and identifies which indicators of the MAES analytical framework can be used to support local policy.

The report also describes the datasets and models that will be used for an EU wide assessment of urban ecosystems and their services.

The report contains a first proposal for an online survey on the functionality of...

3nd meeting of the Partnership on Sustainable Use of Land and Nature-based Solutions, 18/19 December 2017, Zagreb

The partnership on sustainable land use and nature-based solutions meets two days in Zabreb to start the development of an action plan with proposals for better knowlegde, better regulation and better funding of nature-based solutions and liveable compactness of Europe's cities. 

EnRoute can contribute by providing proposals for better knowlegde.  JRC is a parter and represents EnRoute.

More information available on this page

EnRoute meeting in Tallinn: Conference report

As part of the Presidency of the Estonian Republic of the Council of the European Union, a flagship conference “Nature-based Solutions: From Innovation to Common-use” was organized by the Ministry of the Environment of Estonia and the University of Tallinn. EnRoute organized a side event on the conference with a focus on how the project can contribute to the knowledge base supporting nature-based solutions in cities.  A summary report of the EnRoute event with the main outcomes is available here. In particular...

Trento city lab working on nature-based recreation: first results and next steps

Nature-based recreation has been acknowledged as a key issue for the city of Trento, also in relation to policies aimed at increasing the availability of urban green areas and providing equal opportunities across the city. Compared to other urban contexts, day-to-day nature-based recreation in Trento presents some peculiar characters: due to the location of the city, many opportunities for “non-urban” recreational activities are available and enjoyed by citizens in the immediate surroundings of their homes (e.g., hiking, mountain-biking, climbing) However, the contribution of the different...