UGB – Urban Green Belts

Smart integrated models for sustainable management of urban green spaces for creating more healthy and liveable urban environments

Our goal is to find and pilot innovative solutions to protect, manage and develop existing green spaces
in a sustainable way with the involvement of local communities

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31.05.2017

Newsletter

Newsletter 2nd edition

The UGB team is pleased to announce the arrival of summer—and our second project newsletter! The newsletter includes a description of ‘Functional Urban Areas’—otherwise known as FUAs—and their importance in urban green space management. Also, find out what’s happening with smart model development, read a summary of conclusions of the project’s comprehensive baseline survey, and get up to date with the latest activities all our project partner cities and areas. 
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21.04.2017

News

Press Release

The project’s second partner meeting (April 19-21, 2017) was hosted by the Maribor Development Agency. The partners, after sharing a great deal of knowledge and experience at the meeting, returned to work in their home cities with recharged batteries and rekindled enthusiasm.

07.02.2017

NEWS

Press conference

On 7th of February 2017 researchers from the Research station of ZRC SAZU Nova Gorica organised a press conference at the Municipality of Nova Gorica, where they presented their recent studies on the 70th anniversary of the beginning t of the construction of city Nova Gorica. 


30.11.2016

Newsletter

First newsletter out now

Lear more about the partners and their initial work carried out in the frame of the UGB project.

12.07.2016

News

Press release UGB kick-off

15 organizations of seven European countries, led by the Municipality of 12th District of Budapest (Hegyvidék) have started a cooperation within the Urban Green Belts project.


15.11.2016

News

Press Release Padova meeting

The first transnational meeting of UGB project has been finalised today, November 16th in Padova, hosted at Informambiente offices of the Municipality.

16.11.2016

Why is the project important?

The overall goal is to find and pilot innovative solutions to protect, manage and develop existing green spaces in a sustainable way with the involvement of local communities.
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Approaches

Baseline study

In order to identify further development directions, project partners have elaborated a baseline study that assesses the environmental aspects of each partner, presents UGS governance and European good practices and a synthesis of the European level analysis.

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Smart UGS assessment and green infrastructure planning

Urban green areas should be viewed in a complex and integrated way — in other words, as part of the "whole" green infrastructure. When planning urban green spaces, many aspects, data and indicators should be considered at the same time. GIS, which originates both from the landscape planning and urban planning professions, can be a good tool to use when looking for answers to complex questions.  

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Community involvement

Successful, sustainable development and management of urban green spaces requires integrated planning and maintenance. This is a process that involves varied input from multiple stakeholders — local decision-making bodies, experts, citizens, the business community, etc. How do we set such a process in motion and make it effective? How do we reach out to different actors and keep them involved? The community involvement model provides methods and easy-to-use tools for local authorities that will help to answer these and other questions.

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Multi-level governance

Effective UGS management requires a strong, multi-level approach because urban green spaces are integral parts of different levels and units of public administration. What this means in theory is that many different authorities are supposed to be "officially" involved in UGS planning and maintaining processes. In practice, however, cooperation and communication between these various organisations, units and authorities is not always efficiently or effectively coordinated. This model will facilitate the dialogue process for UGS planning and implementation.

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Having a park or garden right on your doorstep when living in a city is an advantage most property seekers are looking for. Such greens offer an improved life quality. They not only provide leisure or sports facilities but make the air cleaner, reduce urban noise and even improve the urban climate. Yet if they are not in a good shape they can easily turn into a burden and a constant “battlefield” between inhabitants and the responsible authorities.

Green belts, often spreading over a number of smaller settlements around big cities, are the “lungs” of these densely populated cities that can provide various environmental, social and economic benefits. 

To achieve these benefits, however, traditional authority approaches are no longer enough and efficient. That is why the challenge of how these green spaces could be managed smartly through cooperation of inhabitants and various authorities will be in the focus of Urban Green Belts. 

There is a common demand for better functioning operational models in central Europe, yet project partners on their own would not have the capabilities to develop a complex novel system. Through improving capacities of all actors via this joint work, management of urban green spaces will become more efficient and a more integrated part of environmental management systems. This will also lead to an enhanced biodiversity, improved air quality, less urban noise, more bearable urban heat waves and a generally improved quality of urban life. 

Urban Green Belt partners from 7 countries will develop innovative methods and tools (based on applying green infrastructure, community involvement and multi-level governance concepts) leading to integrated models for managing urban green spaces smartly. How these novel solutions work will be tested jointly through pilot actions and compiled into a manual to serve as guidance on reforming green spaces management for any public authority in Europe for the benefit of inhabitants.

PROJECT DURATION

Start Date

june 2016

End Date

may 2019

PROJECT PARTNERS

Municipality of 12th District of Budapest (Hegyvidék)
WWW.HEGYVIDEK.HU

The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe
WWW.REC.ORG

Research Studios Austria – Studio iSPACE
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Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
WWW.ZRC-SAZU.SI/EN/NODE

Maribor Development Agency
WWW.MRA.SI

MAŁOPOLSKA REGION
WWW.MALOPOLSKIE.PL

MUNICIPALITY OF PADUA
WWW.PADOVANET.IT

MUNICIPAL DISTRICT OF PRAGUE 6
WWW.PRAHA6.CZ

ZADAR COUNTY DEVELOPMENT AGENCY ZADRA NOVA
WWW.ZADRA.HR

MUNICIPALITY OF KRAKOW)
WWW.KRAKOW.PL WWW.ZZM.KRAKOW.PL