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Project overview

Resilience Guard GmbH is proud to participate in the H2020 euPOLIS consortium. The 48-month project, 'Integrated NBS-based Urban Planning Methodology for Enhancing the Health and Well-being of Citizens: the euPOLIS Approach' (start date 1 September 2020) is taking a structured approach to enhancing public health and wellbeing and creating resilient urban ecosystems at lower lifecycle cost.

The project aims to regenerate cities, creating inclusive and accessible urban spaces. It will achieve this by addressing challenges such as low environmental quality and low biodiversity, water-stressed resources and undervalued use of space.

We are leading a team tasked with objectively evaluating the effectiveness of the nature-based solutions. This will cover all aspects from stakeholder mapping and benchmarking to development of a data management system and providing expert training.

The project's solutions will be tested in four cities: Belgrade, Lodz, Piraeus and Gladsaxe.

The euPOLIS project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 869448.

Project goals

The Strategic Objectives (STO) of the project are:

STO-1. To systematically implement an innovative Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) urban planning methodology, enriched with cultural, economic, and societal aspects, based on the Blue Green Solutions (BGS) paradigm.

STO-2. To build an intervention-aimed liveability model rooted in community needs and engaging community-diverse potential.

STO-3. To design and implement the euPOLIS platform to support and enhance participatory processes through active socio-cultural hubs and "live community nodes" in redesigning and transforming public spaces, while promoting new governance and new financing models.

STO-4. To design and implement customised spatial solutions for each case study involving the Front Runner (FR) cities of Belgrade, Lodz, Piraeus and Gladsaxe and then monitor and assess their impact regarding PH and WB, as well as social and environmental results.

STO-5. To replicate and demonstrate corresponding advantages of euPOLIS innovations via mentoring and coaching of the project follower cities (Palermo, Limassol, Trebinje and Bogotá).

STO-6. To establish long-term data platforms securing open, consistent data points on the impacts of the deployed approaches, mainly regarding PH and WB, and ensure interoperability with other relevant data infrastructures for effective public consultation, exchange and sharing of best practice/experiences.

STO-7. To identify sound business models, replicable to other markets and develop new resource activation techniques. This will support a gradual transition to a leading market position for the euPOLIS paradigm.

STO-8. To widely and effectively communicate and disseminate project results to various audiences through targeted activities, clustering with related projects and initiatives, aiming to spread the euPOLIS concept.

Our input

Resilience Guard GmbH leads one out of the eleven project Work Packages (WPs), namely "Evaluation of the euPOLIS solutions, Training and Capacity Building". The main objective of this WP is to develop a solid evidence base demonstrating that BGS/NBS are superior to current state-of-the-art conventional solutions, especially due to the important co-benefits (including social, cultural, health, biodiversity, security and inclusivity) they can create and, accordingly, are worth pursuing on a global scale.

Overall, Resilience Guard GmbH will lead, co-lead with other consortium partners and participate in several tasks of the euPOLIS project that involve:

  • Stakeholder Mapping, analysis and guidelines for their systematic involvement.
  • Stakeholders and wide public participatory planning education.
  • Stakeholder benchmarking against previous urban regeneration endeavours.
  • Local conditions, features, gaps in existing NBS, requirements for candidate technologies and optimisation metrics for the cities involved.
  • Baseline status and indicators identification.
  • Pre-normative and pre-standardisation activities.
  • Data acquisition and handling in line with data protection and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements.
  • Capacity building. Organise and provide expert training to the demo sites from the stakeholders involved, based on their view of the NBS quality system.
  • Development of the community guide and mentoring sessions for replication of social-cultural-urban hub in follower cities. Support and facilitate mentoring of all the follower cities based on international training and awareness good practice.
  • Exploitation and business plan development.
  • Knowledge and Information Management. Ensure that that all relevant data protection and management practices are followed and privacy issues taken into consideration based on GDPR requirements.

Find out more

  • More detailed information and news regarding the euPOLIS project can be found on the project's website:
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