This is a LIFE preparatory project in the 2020 call. The call describes the project as follows:
This project aims to work with mayors and local authorities in at least 5 diverse urban and peri-urban areas of the EU, in at least 3 different Member States, to develop innovative approaches for the creation and management of biodiverse, accessible (public), urban forests and parks (consisting of local species or varieties of trees and shrubs), and help to improve connections between urban green spaces.
This project itself should result in actually increasing biodiversity and helping to adapt to the impacts of climate change in these areas – to provide protection from flooding, droughts and heat waves, and maintain a connection between humans and nature.
This project should also support the aims of the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 in terms of helping the promotion of healthy ecosystems, green infrastructure and nature-based solutions in urban areas – and ensuring they are systematically integrated into urban planning, including in public spaces, infrastructure, and the design of buildings and their surroundings.
The project approach should be innovative in some way, and should act as a demonstration and inspiration for other urban areas attempting to implement similar urban greening plans, by producing useable guidance and methodologies for implementing/managing this approach at local level. While the impact of the project may last for many years, the project itself should be limited to no more than two years, to allow others to benefit from its output.
Duration: max. two years
Max. EU co-financing: € 600 000; co-financing rate 60% (costs for volunteers can be used as in-kind contribution)
Application deadline: 10th September 2020; Expected start: early 2021
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