The operations for the online publication of the new civic network, the website of the Municipality of Bologna, which will be progressively renewed thanks to a project approved and financed within the framework of the PON Metro - Axis 1 Digital Services with the aim of creating the "Digital House of the Citizen", have started.
The initiative of Bologna, pilot city of the VEG-GAP project, will allow an even simpler and more immediate comparison between the data and statistics that the VEG-GAP project platform will soon publish online and those of the Municipality, coming from its monitoring of environmental impact assessment procedures and from its interactive map of air quality monitoring points, active since 1999.
The synergy between these two information sources will enhance the effectiveness of both ICT applications for the gain of both inhabitants and local decision makers. Thanks to these comparisons for the VEG-GAP project platform, it will be possible to explicitly show the links between nature-based actions for adaptation to and mitigation of climate change effects and those aimed at improving air quality in urban contexts.
In order to provide as complete a picture as possible of the consequences of pollutant actions, the VEG-GAP approach also takes into account the emissions generated by urban vegetation itself. These are measured taking into account their spatial location and paying close attention to their interactions with the urban environment (photophysical and chemical processes).
The aim of VEG GAP is to achieve a better understanding of urban greenery than is possible through a simple census. Nowadays, the advancement of this knowledge becomes easier as its vegetation scenarios can be compared to emission scenarios in an even faster way.