Project duration: 48 months from june 2021 to may 2024

Co-produce structure and promote access to the shared, contextualized knowledge needed to support cities and communities to co-create NBS and together restore urban ecosystems to help drive the required step-change in urban policy and practice in EU and CELAC countries (Community of Latin American and Caribbean States).

It adopts a planetary health perspective: healthy landscapes and ecosystems are vital to support human life, and humanity must restore, create and care for these landscapes and ecosystems in a reciprocal, ongoing and iterative relationship. This transdisciplinary project uses nature-based thinking (NBT) to bring together community, private, public and research partners to meet this challenge, and experiments with novel co-production methods to deliver NBS innovations in ‘Life-Lab’ pilots. The project’s core concept is to co-create context-appropriate NBS for ecosystems restoration and sustainable urbanisation in CELAC and EU cities, using a place-based approach (place-making, place-keeping and place-prescribing), solving problems together with citizens.

In Torino, the project will work closely with another project of the City: Valdocco Vivibile, an environmental redevelopment project with a multidisciplinary approach aimed at transforming part of the Valdocco district. A community of exchange and learning, called Life Lab Valdocco Vivibile, will be built around this project involving all the actors who may be interested in knowing and contributing to the dissemination of both the activities of Valdocco Vivibile and the objectives and motivations behind this intervention: the fight against the negative effects of climate change (in particular heat islands and floods) and the environmental and resilience policies that have found a strategic framework in the Urban Resilience Plan and the Green Infrastructure Plan, recently approved by the City of Torino. The community will build a path of information, awareness and involvement that will accompany and support the implementation of the work of Valdocco Vivibile.


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Partners: The University Of Sheffield (UK) – Coordinator, Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet (SE), Oppla Eeig (NL),Iclei European Secretariat Gmbh (DE), Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (CO), Universita Degli Studi Di Firenze (IT), Instituto Alexander Von Humboldt (CO), Camara Municipal De Lisboa (PT), Instituto De Ciencias Sociais – Universidade De Lisboa (PT), Universidad De Chile (CL), Technische Universitaet Muenchen (DE), Universidade De Sao Paulo (BR), Consejo Nacional De Investigaciones Cientificas Y Tecnicas (AR), Facultad De Arquitectura Disenoy Urbanismo – Universidad De Buenos Aires (AR), European Urban Knowledge Network European Grouping Of Territoral Cooperation (NL), Living Cities Stockholm Ab (SE), Wageningen University (NL), Barcelona Regional Agencia Metropolitana De Desenvolupament Urbanistici D.Infrastructures Sa (ES), Centro De Investigacion Ecologica Y Aplicaciones Forestales (ES), Buenos Aires City Government, Food And Agriculture Organization Of The United Nations Fao (IT), Grupo Verde Ltda Co (CO), Universidad Mayor (CL), Universidad De Santiago De Compostela (ES), Alcaldía Mayor De Bogotá D.C. (CO), Industrial Software Srl (RO), Gobierno Regional Metropolitano Santiago (Cl), Municipalidad De General San Martín (AR), Prefeitura Do Municipio De Sao Paulo (BR), Periferia Territorios Vivos Sac (PE), Min. For Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Nature Conservation & Consumer Protection Of The State Of North Rhine- Westphalia (DE), Instituto Cidades Sustentave (BR).