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Implementation model

Better gardens

A short description of the NBS project

Many green areas in Swiss cities are vulnerable to densification. The research project aims to demonstrate the importance of gardens for people, the city and nature and to elaborate strategies to conserve, or even increase, the quality of the gardens. Thus, the project will also provide arguments for the conservation of urban green spaces and allotments. To ensure the relevance of the study and a better implementation of the results, policy makers and city governments will also be involved in the subprojects. Better gardens is a research project of WSL (Switzerland) which aim is to explore how gardeners cultivate their gardens and by which factors their decisions are influenced. This permits people to understand better the effect of their gardening decisions with respect to the 1 and ecosystem services outcomes that they generate.

NBS Implementation context
Location Switzerland, Europe, Switzerland, Bern, Lausanne and Zurich
Status Project delivered (January 2015 to December 2017)
Description of the NBS
NBS Scale neighbourhood
NBS Impacts scale • Neighbourhood • City
Urban density/ Soil consumption High (dense city center)
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 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? Community • Reasearch institutions
Contracting Authority
Project manager (leader and main partners): entities names, and know-how involved
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.
Cluster Governance Model Description
Global Estimated cost of the project -
Cluster cluster2_financial_institution
FM Financial institutions
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Business Model
Class Type Description
Temporal Factor
Expected time for the NBS to be fully effective after its implementation
Expected life time of the intervention
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
Process Enablers
Class Subclass Type Description
Knowledge_driversGeneration of evidence Collaboration Awareness • Research on benefits • Research on cost effectiveness; • Networks; • Climate Change • Ecological memory -
Governance_driversProcess efficiencies Self- governance Co-creation and participation • Action- thinking approach; • Grassroots innovations and transition initiatives; • Cross sectorial spaces and partnerships • Co-production
Process Inhibitors
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What makes this project a pioneer?
Brief description of the innovativeness
Has the project received a prize, an award?
Has the project received a media coverage? (in reviews, in press, etc.)
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