A short description of the NBS project
Creation of a air quality map from the taxonomical diversity and the geographical distribution of lichens by using a lichen index. Lichens are sensitive to pollution and therefore can serve as air quality indicators.
The objective of the action is to use lichens as air quality bio-indicators to create an air quality map of Bordeaux.
NBS Implementation context
France, Bordeaux Métropole
Description of the NBS
NBS Impacts scale
Urban density/ Soil consumption
high (dense city center, etc.)
Combined with other(s) environmental friendly solution(s)?
NBS Uban Challenges
Climate Issues Climate mitigation
Urban water management and quality Urban water management and quality
Air Quality Air quality at district/city scale
Air quality locally
Urban Space and Biodiversity Biodiversity
Urban space design
Urban space management
Urban Regeneration and Soil Air quality at district/city scale
Resource efficiency Food, energy and water
Public health and well-being Acustic
Quality of life
Environmental justice and social cohesion Environmental Justice: Recognition
Environmental Justice: Procedural Justice
Environmental Justice: Distributional Justice
Environmental Justice: Capabilities
Environmental Justice: Responsibility
Urban planning and governance Urban planning and form
Governance in planning
People Security Control of crimes
Control of extraordinary events
Green economy Circular economy
Direct economic value of NBS
Stakeholder and Governance
Who Started this initiative?
A public institution, a local organization (city or metropolitan)
Project manager (leader and main partners): entities names, and know-how involved
Learder: AAIR Lichens (research study)
Main partner: Plant Biology Research Institute of Nantes
Who (else) was involved in the project ? (Inhabitants, local association, etc.)
The AAIR LICHENS society did this diagnostic survey at the request of Urban Community of Bordeaux
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.
cluster2_new_public_ management Partnership between Bordeaux Metropolis and research centers (a private one and a public) cluster4_societal_resilience Comanagement
Global Estimated cost of the project
20k€ - 50k€
Description of the financing mechanism
The project has received subsidies from, Europe (50%), from the Aquitaine region (30%) and from Bordeaux Metropolis (20%)
Technological Substitute with renewables and natural processes This project is based on lichens' ecology understanding in order to assess the air quality of a city.
Expected time for the NBS to be fully effective after its implementation
short (immediately to few months)
Expected life time of the intervention
around 10 years
Already feedbacks on the project? In case, the project has already been adapted to new requisites, please explain the modifications brought
Success and limiting factors
Governance_drivers Process_efficiencies Collaboration Knowledge_drivers Awareness Climate_change
What makes this project a pioneer?
Brief description of the innovativeness
Use and study of an organisme to inform about air quality
Has the project received a prize, an award?
Has the project received a media coverage? (in reviews, in press, etc.)
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 730468