LIFE URBANGREEN - Innovative technological platform to improve management of green areas for better climate adaptation

LIFE17 CCA/IT/000079

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Contact person: Paolo Viskanic
Tel: 390473494949
Fax: 390473069902
Email: administration@r3-gis.com

Project description:


Nearly four out of five European citizens live in cities, which are particularly sensitive and vulnerable to climate change impacts, such as heatwaves, flooding and droughts as well as to other typically urban phenomena, such as the urban heat island effect. Specific urban adaptation strategies are therefore needed to make cities more resilient to climate change. In this context, urban green areas (UGAs) and infrastructures are seen as among the most widely applicable, economically viable and effective tools for combating the impacts of climate change and for help people adapt to or mitigate its adverse effects. Local governments invest considerable resources in the maintenance and safety of UGAs, but they are increasingly faced with budget constraints, which could eventually compromise the existing benefits of green infrastructure. Furthermore, the benefits of UGAs – improved air quality, reduced heat build-up, rainfall retention, etc. – are often not quantified easily, nor communicated to the citizens using these areas. Although some tools are available for supporting the management of these areas, there is a growing need to have in place smart and integrated systems, such as GIS, that can provide a good basis for integrating all assets, maintenance operations, environmental indicators and inputs from citizens.


The overall aim of LIFE URBANGREEN is to consolidate the knowledge base and availability of tools for the development and evaluation of climate policy and legislation, based on an innovative management approach to UGAs that allows cities to respond to climate change. This will be achieved by optimising an innovative technological platform to monitoring the ecosystem services of UGAs and demonstrating its use in real scenarios. The aim is to improve UGA management in Rimini (Italy) and Krakow (Poland). The platform will be based on GIS technologies and will include an assessment of the ecosystem services provided by green areas in cities, a smart management of water needs of trees and their irrigation, the use of remote sensing data (2D and 3D), meteorological and an environmental monitoring system, and public participation tools (smart city).

Specifically, the project aims to:

  • Manage trees and green urban areas more efficiently, reducing water consumption and maximising their benefits in reducing storm water runoff, and thus addressing the priorities of the EU Water Framework Directive and the EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change; and
  • Develop and implement local adaptation and mitigation initiatives, contributing to the preparation of the Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP) of the City of Rimini, signatory of the Covenant of Mayors for Climate Change.
  • Expected results:

  • 83% reduction in overall GHG emissions from urban green maintenance operations (10% from road transport of vehicles used for maintenance activities);
  • 3% decrease in PM concentration (air pollutants) in pilot areas due to increased sequestration by urban green areas;
  • 30-50% increase of carbon stocked in urban trees (pilot area);
  • Reduction by 0.6-1°C of air temperature in pilot areas (compared to control areas); and
  • 30% reduction in water consumption for irrigation of urban green areas.



Environmental issues addressed:


Climate change Adaptation - Resilient communities


carbon sequestration‚  climate resilience‚  emission reduction‚  greenhouse gas‚  water resources management

Target EU Legislation

  • Water
  • COM(2012)673 -"A Blueprint to Safeguard Europe's Water Resources"
  • Directive 2000/60 - Framework for Community action in the field of water policy (23.10.2000)
  • Nature protection and Biodiversity
  • COM(2013) 249 final “Communication from the Commission on Green Infrastructure (GI) - Enhancing E ...
  • Climate Change & Energy efficicency
  • COM(2013)216 - EU Strategy on adaptation to climate change (16.04.2013)

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable



Coordinator R3 GIS srl
Type of organisation Large enterprise
Description R3 GIS specialises in geographic information systems (GIS), developing Web-GIS software applications for central and local public administrations. These integrate spatial and other data used by municipalities and public administrations (e.g. land planning, environmental protection, energy consumption and CO2 monitoring, etc.).
Partners Gmina Miejska Kraków – Municipality of Krakow, Poland Anthea Srl, Italy Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy ProGea 4D sp. z o.o., Poland


Project reference LIFE17 CCA/IT/000079
Duration 01-JUL-2018 to 31-DEC -2021
Total budget 2,513,784.00 €
EU contribution 1,310,335.00 €
Project location Lombardia(Italia) Veneto(Italia) Emilia-Romagna(Italia) Malopolskie(Poland Polska)


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