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The journey of #verdecittà, the Mipaaf-CREA project carried out with the scientific support of CONAF, begins in Bologna

VerdeCittà, is a road show project dedicated, through five events in five Italian cities, to raising public awareness of the benefits that green spaces bring not only to beauty, but also to health and well-being. As a matter of fact, properly planned and managed, urban greenery can contribute to controlling climatic excesses, saving energy and improving air quality.

This awareness is fully supported by the LIFE VEG-GAP project and its holistic approach to studying the effects of urban vegetation on climate and air quality.

The first stage of the roadshow took place on Friday 11 June in Bologna, where the “Cortile d'onore di Palazzo D'Accursio” (Palazzo D'Accursio courtyard of honour), one of the most important historical buildings and the seat of the city council since 1336, was transformed into a green space with a real temporary installation, a sort of “hidden garden”, in homage to the Bolognese "Comunitas".

This is an installation specially designed for VerdeCittà by green specialists tailored to the city. This operation was made possible thanks to the technical-scientific contribution of agronomists and foresters, who designed the installation and then chose the most suitable plants for the context. For the Palazzo D'Accursio courtyard of honour, an attempt was made to combine beauty and science, with the choice of small and medium-sized shrubs suited to the city's climate and with limited maintenance requirements; for the trees, Zelkova, Koelreuteia and Sofora, species suited to the urban environment and which guarantee high or good resistance to pollutants and low emission of volatile substances and allergens. Moreover, to support the idea of ever greener and more liveable cities, all the plants used were donated to the Municipality of Bologna at the end of the event.

As well as illustrating the project, the exhibition area is dedicated to spreading a more conscious "green culture": suitably trained staff will be on hand to provide visitors with information and advice on the benefits of green areas and their daily management.

Find out more at the website:
VEG-GAP Project - LIFE18 PRE IT 003
Duration: December 2018 - May 2022
Total Budget: 1,666,667 Euro
European Financial Contribution: 1,000,000 Euro
Coordinated by Mihaela Mircea, ENEA (IT)