Urban and extra-urban green, the 330 million euro plan is underway

10/11/2021 – To improve the quality of life and well-being of the citizens of the 14 Italian metropolitan cities through the development of urban and peri-urban forests, in line with national and European Union strategies.

It is the goal of the project for the protection and enhancement of urban and extra-urban green areas envisaged by Measure M2C4.3 – Investment 3.1 of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR), signed by the Ministry of Ecological Transition with Ispra, Cufa, Istat and the Interuniversity Research Center “Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Sustainability” (Cirbises) of the Sapienza University of Rome.

The Project, with a total value of approx 330 million euros, has the goal of plant at least 6.6 million trees (for 6,600 hectares of urban forests), identifying places and quantities according to the principle of using “the right tree in the right place” and contributing to:

– preserve e enhance the diffused naturalness, biodiversity (in line with the European Biodiversity Strategy) and ecological processes linked to fully functional ecosystems;
– contribute to reduction of atmospheric pollution in metropolitan areas, thus helping to protect human health;
– contribute to reduce infringement procedures on air quality;
recover the man-made landscapes, enhancing the internal areas in direct ecological relationship with the urbanized areas (ecological corridors, territorial ecological networks) and the system of protected areas present in the immediate vicinity of the metropolitan areas;
curb land consumption and restore useful soils.

Italian cities – explains MITE – are increasingly exposed to problems related to air pollution, the impact of climate change and the loss of biodiversity, with evident negative effects on the well-being and health of citizens (over 65,000 premature deaths per year in Italy only for PM2.5 particles). This makes it important to implement measures aimed at environmental sustainability and the enhancement of the territory in an urban setting.

Source: Le ultime news dal mondo dell'edilizia by www.edilportale.com.

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