| Subject: Urban Public Spaces, International Relations, Sostenibilitat

The project will offer urban solutions based on the implementation of urban forests

The European Commission has approved the CLEARING HOUSE project (Collaborative Learning in Research, Information-sharing and Governance on How urban forest-based solutions support Sino-European urban futures). The total budget for this project is 4,773,000 € (100%co-financed) and the AMB is allotted 122,219 €. The duration of this project is 48 months.

The main objective of CLEARING HOUSE is to analyse and develop—across China and Europe—the potential of urban forest-based solutions (UFBS) to enhance the adaptive capacity and resilience of cities facing major ecological, socio-economic, public health and wellbeing challenges.

The AMB will contribute to the comparative analysis of different case studies. It will also contribute and benefit from the exchange of experiences with other European and Chinese cities through a collaborative learning process. The acquired knowledge can be synthesized and new tools for the project can be developed.

Trees and urban forests are an urban nature-based solution that contributes to a more sustainable urban development. Its potential to offer services to ecosystems, improve biodiversity and contribute to the welfare of urban societies is often underestimated and underused. CLEARING HOUSE will provide tools to facilitate the promotion of new urban solutions based on the implementation of urban forests in order to rehabilitate and restore urban ecosystems. Urban nature-based solutions are defined as measures that a city can adopt to face the challenges of urban development through the implementation of ecosystems based on urban forests.

The project, led by the international organization European Forest Institute (Finland), has 27 partners from different countries, including Metropolis, and it is part of the Horizon 2020 programme.

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