ULL update ( January 2016)
Bari’s first ULL workshop was held on January 16, 2016, and included about 50 stakeholders (authorities, associations, businesses, civic committees, public bodies/institutions, and research) from local to regional scale. The goals were to raise awareness of UGI and its relevance and foster willingness to engage in building and enhancing UGI.
First, the GREEN SURGE project was presented focusing on the relevance of GI. Then attendees were involved in two exercises to gain their perception of ES. Results showed that the most important ES were health benefits, mitigation of UHI, air purification, restoration/maintenance of habitats and biodiversity, and water flow regulation. These were selected consistently from the Businesses/Professionals and Research attendees. The ecological and economical needs that ES provide were considered more important than the socio-cultural needs. Supporting and Provisioning services were perceived mostly in public and regional parks. Supporting services were seen as the least supplied by GI. The Research category perceived GI to provide more ES, whereas associations and committees perceived the least. Businesses and Public institutions shared mutual opinions.
Participants considered the workshop a positive experience; it was appreciated that Bari was part of the GREEN SURGE project to enhance the city’s green spaces. A difference of opinion emerged as to where UGI projects should be redeveloped. Further comments were: the public administration should be careful in developing GI; economic resources are fundamental to solve UGI issues; more citizen participation is needed in UGI initiatives and the double helix approach should be applied; environmental education and socio-cultural efforts should be increased as well as collaboration with different sectors. Participants’ view is that the situation in Bari is critical.