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New nature-based solutions to be trialled in Liverpool as part of international URBAN GreenUP intiative

06 June 2017

Liverpool is a crucial part of a major new cross-European project to develop innovative ways of using 'nature-based solutions' to equip our cities for the future. The city is one of the three 'front-runner' cities that will trial innovative new 're-naturing urban plans'.

The URBAN GreenUP project aims to contribute to the mitigation of climate change risks in cities, increase the resilience to climate change effects and improve air quality. The project will raise awareness about the benefits of re-naturing cities and making cities more sustainable places.


Partners will also focus on the green economy – exploring and promoting an innovative and dynamic economic concept that supports employment, generates new business models, attracts talent and provides goods and services. Activities will take place in three cities: Valladolid (Spain), Izmir (Turkey) and here in Liverpool. It's hoped that our successes will then be replicated across Europe, Latin America and Asia.


URBAN GreenUP is funded under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Under the coordination of CARTIF Technology Centre, 25 partners from 9 countries are working together to develop a new strategy for re-naturing cities through Nature-Based Solutions.


"Liverpool is delighted to be part of the URBAN GreenUP project and welcomes the opportunity to develop a Renaturing Urban Plan that will see the introduction of pedestrian and cycle friendly routes together with trees and other new innovative areas of planting such as 'green' walls and 'green' roofs on buildings into its urban centre." said Councillor James Noakes, Mayoral Lead for Energy and Smart City, Liverpool City Council.


"The City Council will work closely with our local project partners of the Mersey Forest and the University of Liverpool to trial, monitor and evaluate a range of different 'greening' schemes in the city. The project provides a wonderful opportunity to work with other countries and organisations, to share learning and best practice, and to explore the multifunctional benefits to the environment and economy that can be harnessed by bringing nature and biodiversity back into urban areas or by including them in regeneration and development initiatives."


The activities to be planned and carried out in the three cities include innovative, technological elements which connect with citizens and improve awareness, in addition to well-being, educational, mentoring and support activities. Solutions generated by the URBAN GreenUP project will be readily transferable to other cities.


Project activities will be carried out in the three 'front-runner' cities of Valladolid (Spain), Liverpool (United Kingdom) and Izmir (Turkey). The five follower cities Mantova (Italy), Ludwigsburg (Germany), Medellin (Colombia), Chengdu (China) and Binh Dinh-Quy Nhon (Vietnam) will directly learn from these experiences and set up their own re-naturing urban plans. On a third level, cities from Europe and beyond are invited to exchange experiences and learn directly from the URBAN GreenUP findings and results by joining the URBAN GreenUP cities network.




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