Funding: European Commission / European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA)
Description: ARSINOE develops the methodological framework for the combination of System Innovation Approach (SIA) with the Climate Innovation Window (CIW) to create an ecosystem for climate change adaptation solutions. ARSINOE creates this ecosystem with a three-tier, approach: (a) using SIA it integrates multi-faceted technological, digital, business, governance and environmental aspects with social innovation for the development of adaptation pathways to climate change, to meet EU Green Deal targets for specific regions; (b) it links with CIW to form innovation packages by matching innovators with end-users/regions via for specific regions; (c) it fosters the ecosystem sustainability and growth with cross-fertilization and replication across scales, at European level and beyond, using specific business models, exploitation and outreach actions. The ARSINOE three-tier approach is show-cased in nine widely varied regions across Europe (demonstrators), as a proof-of-concept with regards to its applicability, replicability, potential and efficacy.
Role of APCG: APCG will participate in the Greening of Athens Metropolitan Area (AMA). Mapping urban biodiversity elements in Athens will enable the identification of hotspots of Urban Green Spaces (UGSs). In order to evaluate the functionality of UGSs in AMA, two parameters are going to be investigated: i) accessibility: the concept of the 15-minute city will be utilized to ensure that all citizens meet their needs in terms of having access to parks and open-green spaces on foot or by bike, within 15 minutes, highlighting the comparative advantages with respect to traditional urban mobility means (i.e., cars, buses). This is aligned with ensuring social inclusion and connectivity of neighborhoods, while at the same time improving urban biodiversity by addressing ecosystems’ fragmentation and ii) biodiversity conservation: the assessment of the connectivity of protected areas in AMA will pave the ground for a coherent nature network, fully complying with the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030. The assessment will also use Earth Observation derived urban metrics. Overall, according to UGSs functionality assessment, the effectiveness of existing Nature Based Solutions (NBSs) will be evaluated and new NBSs will be proposed, where needed. The identification of UGS hot spots will form the City Green Infrastructure as a dynamic tool to be included into city strategy to put urban biodiversity into practice, and to quantify scenario-based health co-benefits related to Αir Quality (AQ) (city scale AQ modelling at 100x100 m2).