Bari, Italy

The City of Bari lies along the Adriatic Sea in the south of Italy, where its 400,000 inhabitants enjoy a Mediterranean climate. Urban green spaces constitute less than 2.1% of the Municipality’s surface area and mainly consist of small parks and neighbourhood gardens. The need to build up green infrastructure, with a particular focus on residual/derelict land, and climate change issues have climbed high on the local government’s list of priorities.

‘Umberto I’ Square; a typical example of public gardens in the city of Bari. Photo: G. Colangelo, University of Bari ‘A. Moro’.

Key interests include:

  • Governance of green space in relation to urban transformations, as well as collaborative planning of urban green infrastructures (UGI)a) and assessment of ecosystem servicesb)
  • Reduce the loss of urban green space, acquiring more public resources and gaining private support for designing plans and raising awareness on the co-benefits of UGI
  • Share ideas for what UGI to build and how, searching out best practices
  • Establish innovative strategies for developing and managing residual landc) in the district(s) of Bari

The ULL is open to stakeholders from various scales (local, municipal and regional), i.e. local authorities, decision-makers, businesses, public institutions, neighbourhood committees, non-governmental organizations, research institutes, and associations. 

Local project areas:

  • Residual/derelict land in one or more districts (e.g., Sant’Anna district)

a) Urban green infrastructure - an interconnected network of green space in a city that conserves natural ecosystem values and functions and that provides associated benefits to humans.

b) Ecosystem services – services provided by nature that benefit the environment and humans.

c) Residual land – a surplus area, a ‘left-over’ land, which is poorly defined and with scarce maintenance that functions to connect important places, providing spontaneous use.

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