"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
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: https://www.comune.imola.bo.it/notizie/infrastruttura-verde-urbana-e-mobilita-sostenibile-strategia-per-nuovi-interventi-di-forestazione