Nature Based Solutions - Implementation Models Database
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
Description of the NBS
NBS Impacts scale
Urban density/ Soil consumption
low (suburb at the limit with rural areas, etc.)
Combined with other(s) environmental friendly solution(s)?
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?)
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Global Estimated cost of the project
50k€ - 200k€
Description of the financing mechanism
Ademe and Ministry of Environment
Develop scale-up solutions
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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Success and limiting factors
What makes this project a pioneer?
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Has the project received a prize, an award?
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