|Project name||CROSS-BORDER NETWORKING OF UNITED Smart Biodiversity Cities and Towns|
|Priority||Natural and cultural resources|
|Aim||The project provides an opportunity to elevate the discussion about biodiversity on several fronts.
- Joint efforts on urban biodiversity ensure a greater resilience of the region,
- urban biodiversity is determined by the planning, design and management of the built environment, which are, in turn, inﬂuenced by the economic, social, and cultural values and dynamics of the human population.
- The project affords a powerful mechanism to bring resilience to design students, local experts in the climate adaptation and sustainability space, and others,
- rich biodiversity facilitates providing a whole range of ecosystem services – water purification, flood attenuation, etc.
- pilot initiatives to promote organic urban farming by training community members to produce high quality native natural products on vacant land/courtyards, community gardens, inside block areas (through engagement with local retail shops and markets to establish distribution channels)
- city living laboratories demonstrated first-hand how the town boroughs could build resilience into its natural interventions.
|Results||Urban biodiversity is a new paradigm in viewing the downtown area as a human-nature-habitat balanced ecosystem. Individual and "social/cultural" mindsets and local governments political will considerably moderates the modern urban biodiversity –driven paradigm gaining positive advantages due to grass-roots, community-based initiatives boosting the bottom-up processes and building the fabrics of comfortable and climate resistant environments. An integral part of the new urban paradigm is to mainstream the critical role of local flora and fauna, as well as the cultural values of our urban landscapes.
The biodiversity network system is a crucial factor in urban ecology and becomes an alternative approach to overcome ecological problems in urban areas. Urban biodiversity in the form of parks (patch, inside blocks areas, yards, plaza and roadside, tramway inline green), revived or protected habitats and ecosystems, are an integral part of the biodiversity network system.
|Partners requested||cities, towns, environmental institutes, private research institutes, schools|
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