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Green Infrastructure and Urban Biodiversity for Sustainable Urban Development and the Green Economy

The GREEN SURGE project is a collaborative project between 24 partners in 11 countries. It is funded by the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

About the Project

GREEN SURGE will identify, develop and test ways of linking green spaces, biodiversity, people and the green economy in order to meet the major urban challenges related to land use conflicts, climate change adaptation, demographic changes, and human health and wellbeing. It will provide a sound evidence base for urban green infrastructure planning and implementation, exploring the potential for innovation in better linking environmental, social and economic ecosystem services with local communities.

Project Objectives:
Working from the local to the city-regional level, the project aims to:

  1. Develop urban green infrastructure as a planning concept for both integration and promotion of biodiversity and ecosystem services, and adapt it to local contexts.
  1. Apply an innovative biocultural diversity perspective to develop successful governance arrangements facilitating socio-ecological integration and local engagement in planning of urban green spaces.
  2. Explore how valuation and real market integration of biodiversity and ecosystem services can facilitate choices in favour of the development of multifunctional green spaces in urban areas.

Methodology

Approaches and tools will be developed and implemented through an integrative, iterative and transdisciplinary process.

GREEN SURGE will embrace a three-tiered approach of comparative European cases, synthesis of good practices, and establishment of five Urban Learning Labs, strategically selected to represent different urban situations in Europe.

GREEN SURGE will work within cooperative Learning Alliances, a specific type of multi-stakeholder involvement designed to enhance a process of shared learning and understanding in situations with a high degree of complexity and unpredictability.

GREEN SURGE will thus combine a project-wide, science-driven approach based on a common framework methodology with a bottom-up knowledge or experience-based approach at the local level.

Expected Results

GREEN SURGE will:

  • Develop and test ways of linking urban green spaces, biodiversity, people and the green economy at the local, city regional and European level.
  • Provide a sound evidence base for urban green infrastructure planning and implementation, exploring the potential for innovation in better linking ecosystem services with local communities.
  • Apply an innovative biocultural diversity perspective to develop successful governance arrangements facilitating socio-ecological integration and local engagement in urban green infrastructure planning and governance.
  • Develop, test and implement Learning Alliances in five Urban Learning Labs to assist innovative planning, governance and valuation approaches.
  • Produce a Manual for Urban Green Infrastructure Planning; policy briefs; Urban Learning Lab Interfaces, web-based portals at the European and local level that will include biocultural diversity and urban green infrastructure databases and forecasting information; and a learning module on the economics of urban green space.
  • Identify good practice and provide guidelines for – and together with – decision-makers, planners, and other stakeholders