Investment: The local municipality in Bologna is scoping green investments to enhance urban resilience to climate change. RESET will support stakeholders and decision-makers in designing a network of green and blue infrastructures connecting existing green areas, and scaling-up their effectiveness in producing ecosystem services.
Scientific/Technical Project Contribution: RESET will focuses on the use of environmental monitoring and modelling for the co-design of green interventions for reducing the impact of heatwaves and improving other ecosystem services. ReSET is also coordinating a citizen science initiative for monitoring and assessing the effectiveness of the green investments in producing the expected benefits and co-benefits. The citizen scientists will be engaged specifically for collecting, analysing and sharing data concerning the production of socio-cultural co-benefits of green infrastructure, including those related to the community wellbeing.
Working with local stakeholders ReSET has the following specific objectives in Bologna:
Adoption of a systemic approach to green areas
Identification of “climate shelters” in the city centre that could be integrated within the network of green areas
Overcoming the perception of green areas simply as a “park” for recreational activities
Integration of the “transition” areas within the green system
Multi-level connections among green areas
Enhancement of the capacity to engage marginal groups accounting for potential trade-offs due to green investments
Establish green areas/community connections in order to create positive social externalities
Citizen science for awareness raising
Enhancing data accessibility for non-experts