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Newsletter August 2014

Green Infrastucture and Urban Diodiversity

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).

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.

Linking people and green space in urban environments

In a time of continuing urbanization, there is increasing focus on developing attractive and healthy urban environments. Green spaces, ranging from woodlands and parks to allotment gardens and green roofs, provide a range of ecosystem services that contribute to better cities.

The Green Infrastructure and Urban Biodiversity for Sustainable Urban Development and the Green Economy (GREEN SURGE in brief), funded under the EU’s 7th Framework Programme for research, 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.

 

GREEN SURGE Project Aims

Develop urban green infrastructure as a planning concept for both integration and promotion of biodiversity and ecosystem services, and adapt it to local contexts.

Apply an innovative biocultural diversity perspective to develop successful governance arrangements facilitating socio-ecological integration and local engagement in planning of urban green spaces.

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.

Approaches and tools under these three interlinked objectives will be developed and implemented through an integrative, iterative and transdisciplinary process organised into 8 Work Packages. 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.

 

Majestic Oak

Expected project outcomes

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 a.

 

Leafy River

Working Packages

More information: download Newsletter 1, August 2014 (pdf)

 

 

WP 1 – Project management

WP leader: Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch,
University of Copenhagen

Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch

WP 2 – Assessment of biocultural diversity

WP leader: Jari Niemelä,
University of Helsinki

Jari Niemelä

WP 3 – Functional linkages

WP leader: Dagmar Haase,
Humboldt University of Berlin

Dagmar Haase

WP 4 – Contributing to the Green Economy

WP leader: Thomas Elmqvist,
Stockholm Resilience Centre,
University of Stockholm

Thomas Elmqvist

WP5 – Green infrastructure planning
and implementation

WP leader: Stephan Pauleit,
Technical University of Munich

Stephan Pauleit

WP 6 – Innovative governance of urban green spaces
and biocultural diversity

WP leader: Birgit Elands,
Wageningen University

Birgit Elands

WP 7 – Urban Learning Labs

WP leader: Mike Smith,
Forestry Commission
Research Agency

Mike Smith


WP 8 – Dissemination and knowledge brokerage

WP leader: Barbara Anton,
ICLEI European Secretariat

Barbara Anton

Project partners

The GREEN SURGE Project


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

Collaborative project under the EU 7th Framework Programme

Total Cost: 7,213,352.26 EUR, EC Contribution: 5,701,836.95 EUR

Duration: 48 months
Start Date: November 1, 2013

Consortium: 24 partners from 11 countries

Project Coordinator:
University of Copenhagen;
Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch (cck@ign.ku.dk), Anton Stahl Olafsson (asol@ign.ku.dk)

Key Words:
Biocultural diversity, climate change adaptation, ecosystem services, green space, green
infrastructure, governance, Learning Alliance approach, nature and health, social cohesion, urban development

Art Direction:
Scandinavian Branding A/S

Layout & Production:
Inger Grønkjær Ulrich



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