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ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network working with more than 2,500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development.

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ProGIreg – PROductive Green Infrastructure for post-industrial urban REGeneration

ProGIreg - Nature for renewal
What we are doing

Post-industrial urban regeneration areas face many challenges and have a specific and increasing need for NBS. Many of them not only suffer from social and economic disadvantages, inequality and related crime and security problems, but also lack quality greenspaces and are significantly more vulnerable to the effects of climate change and natural hazards. Investment in GI can help to reduce these problems is often limited to one-off interventions which are publicly funded through national or EU-level programmes. This approach creates weaknesses and conflicts in the provision and use of GI. The maintenance of GI elements and systems created remains largely the responsibility of local governments. However, due to their poor financial situation, local authorities cannot always guarantee robust maintenance of GI and the benefits provided. This project addresses this problem by considering GI as a new urban community resource which is created, owned and managed, not only by public authorities, but which relies on co-design, co-creation and co-management in partnership with stakeholders from the private sector, academiacivil society (i.e. NGOs) (represented in its quadruple helix approach). Eight nature-based solutions, which will support the regeneration of urban areas affected by deindustrialisation, will be deployed in Dortmund (Germany), Turin (Italy), Zagreb (Croatia) and Ningbo (China). In the Living Labs hosted by the Frontrunner Cities, NBS will be co-developed and tested with the communities living there to make them citizen owned.The cities of Cascais (Portugal), Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Piraeus (Greece) and Zenica (Bosnia and Herzegovina) will receive support in developing their strategies for embedding nature-based solutions at local level through co-design processes and engage in learning exchanges for future replication of NBS.

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What we are achieving

ICLEI is responsible for the development and application of a co-design methodology in the FRCs. The overall purpose of the co-design workshops was to establish and steer the co-design process in the three European FRCs. The aim was to initiate, facilitate and maintain feasible collaboration among the project partners and additional key stakeholders identified by the latter with the goal of easing the transition to the next phase of implementation. ICLEI organizes the annual Cities Workshop for fostering a better exchange between all proGIreg cities, also involving proGIreg experts on different NBS; ICLEI also organizes, prepares and moderates the monthly proGIreg Living Lab Lounge, an informal platform of exchange between the FRC and FC hosted by the proGIreg Frontrunner and Follower Cities. ICLEI will organize two replication workshops in each European FRC. ICLEI will develop the overall concept whereas the FRCs will provide their expertise and take care for the local logistical organization.

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aquaponik manufaktur, Barcelona Institute for Global Health - ISGlobal, Chinese Academy of Sciences, citybotanicals GmbH - (Hei-tro GmbH), die Urbanisten e.V., European Federation of Green Roof and Living Wall Associations (EFB), Fondazione Mirafiori, Institute for Physical Planning of the City of Zagreb, Institute of Urban Environment, Italian National Research Council, KEAN, KOMFOR KLIMA GRUPA, lohrberg, NINGBO MUNICIPAL CENTER FOR FORESTRY SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY SERVICES, OrtiAlti, Polytechnic University of Turin, RWTH Aachen University, Starlab Barcelona SL, The Association of Green and Blue Sesvete, Turin Science and Technology Park for the Environment - ENVIPARK, University of Applied Sciences South-Westphalia, University of Bari Aldo Moro, University of Turin, University of Zagreb, Urbasofia, ZEDA Zenica Development Agency,

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Co-design guidelines for NBS
Development of standardised questionnaires addressing technical and non-technical barriers: Report on technical and non-technical barriers within the project. Report on non-technical barriers beyond the project
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