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Urban Forestation in Imola with the Ministry's call for Ecological Transition

"Urban green infrastructure and sustainable mobility - Strategy for new forestation interventions", the urban forestation project that earned the Municipality of Imola the victory in the MITE (Ministry for Ecological Transition) Forestation Notice through the Metropolitan City of Bologna, is now in the executive and implementation phase. The Municipal Council has approved the executive project and is proceeding with implementation. The funding, worth about 228,000 euro, provides for planting and maintenance costs for 7 years.

The project, which involves the Department of Environment, the Public Green Sector of Area Blu and Ceas, provides for the planting of 4011 new trees located in three areas of the Municipality of Imola for a total area of 5.74Ha.

The three areas are the Autodromo Wood (being located in a bend of the Santerno River, the choice of species to be planted was directed towards autochthonous species typical of river environments); the New Born Wood (in a former industrial area, autochthonous species from the Emilia Romagna Region list were used for the New Born Woods); the Asse Attrezzato Wood.

The characteristic of the project is to link the theme of forestation and urban green infrastructure to the bicycle and pedestrian mobility network, with the aim of highlighting how these two systems together are fundamental for increasing the quality of life of the community and the well-being of its citizens. The three areas differ in the characteristics and use of the trees.

The design team involved Professor Ferrini of the University of Florence, one of Italy's leading experts on urban forestation, who calculated the benefits of the project over the next 30 years, including Co2 absorbed 4928,112 t/year, O3 removed 59190,15 kg/year, NO2 removed 61334,97 kg/year, PM2,5 removed 18638,61 kg/year. To communicate these benefits to the public, signs will be placed in the areas telling about sustainability in relation to the tree species used and their characteristics.

A first part of the intervention, the one located in the industrial area, is being carried out. The others will be carried out between November and December 2022.

For more details read the article on the website of the Municipality of Imola:

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)