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Soil quality assessment for spatial planning in urban and peri-urban areas. The provence coal field case study (UQUALISOL-ZU)

A short description of the NBS project

The project aims at investigating whether and how a scientific knowledge on soil quality can be integrated into urban planning so as to allow soil quality to be taken into account in all its dimensions, which has not been the case so far in France. Its objectives are 1) the assessment of a legal concept of soil that would lead to integrate soils in preliminary studies and preserve economic and ecosystemic functions of soils, by choosing the best adapted uses in land use planning; 2) the production of a scientifically-sound SQI (soil quality index) including all soils and adapted to the needs of land planners; 3) to perform a knowledge transfer to urban planners so that soil quality is understood and taken into account.

NBS Implementation context
Location France, Gardanne Rousset
Latitude 43,45 43,4833
Longitude 5,4667 5,6167
Status Project delivered
Dates 2012.0
Description of the NBS
NBS Scale city
NBS Impacts scale city
Urban density/ Soil consumption low (suburb at the limit with rural areas, etc.)
Combined with other(s) environmental friendly solution(s)?
if other
NBS Typology
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NBS Uban Challenges
Climate Issues Climate mitigation
Climate adaptation
Other 0;
Urban water management and quality Urban water management and quality
Flood management
Other 0
Air Quality Air quality at district/city scale
Air quality locally
Other 0
Urban Space and Biodiversity Biodiversity
Urban space design
Urban space management
Other 0;
Urban Regeneration and Soil Air quality at district/city scale
Other 0
Resource efficiency Food, energy and water
Raw materials
Other 0;
Public health and well-being Acustic
Quality of life
Other 0;
Environmental justice and social cohesion Environmental Justice: Recognition
Environmental Justice: Procedural Justice
Environmental Justice: Distributional Justice
Environmental Justice: Capabilities
Environmental Justice: Responsibility
Social Cohesion
Other 1;0;
Urban planning and governance Urban planning and form
Governance in planning
Other 0;
People Security Control of crimes
Control of extraordinary events
Other 0
Green economy Circular economy
Bioeconomy activities
Direct economic value of NBS
Other 0;
Stakeholder and Governance
Who Started this initiative? Other
Contracting Authority Uqualisol consortium
Project manager (leader and main partners): entities names, and know-how involved Leader: Uqualisol Research Consortium, coordinator Samuel Robert (Aix-Marseille University) Main partners: University of Turin, city of Gardanne (Bouches-du-Rhône), city of Rousset (Bouches-du-Rhône) & CRIGE PACA
Who (else) was involved in the project ? (Inhabitants, local association, etc.)
More detail on the process and the role of the different stakeholders (How did it happen?)
OPTIONAL Considering the actual impacts, who are the primary beneficiaries of the project. munucipalities
Cluster Governance Model Description
Global Estimated cost of the project 50k€ - 200k€
Cluster cluster1_public_financing
FM Other
Description of the financing mechanism Ademe and Ministry of Environment
Business Model
Class Type Description
OrganizationalDevelop scale-up solutionsno
Temporal Factor
Expected time for the NBS to be fully effective after its implementation large (beyond 5 years)
Expected life time of the intervention around 10 years
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What makes this project a pioneer?
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IM Keywords
  • 1.0

  • planning tool