Nature Based Solutions - Implementation Models Database

Pioneer Case

Lets Crop the Diversity

A short description of the NBS project

“Let’s Crop the Diversity” (LCD) aims to redevelop urban spaces through the co-production of solutions based on nature (NBS) to promote resilience and environmental quality of the geographical areas of intervention. The goal of this project is developing an Urban Agricultural System that, thanks to the use of NBS, allows to regenerate abandoned, unused and/or under-used spaces in densely urbanized areas. LCD intends to face this challenge in a social, innovative, multi-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary way, involving local stakeholders in order to develop a model based on the participation of citizens. LCD provides a set of activities related to the innovation of agricultural practices, information campaigns and involvement of citizens and marginalized social classes, and training courses aimed at local stakeholders. The objectives of the intervention are to: - regenerate abandoned, unused and/or under-used spaces in densely urbanized areas - promote innovative agricultural practices -Social benefits: involvement of citizens and marginalized social classes

NBS Implementation context
Location Italy, Rome
Latitude 41.89193
Longitude 12.51133
Status Studies and conception
Dates 2017.0
Description of the NBS
NBS Scale neighbourhood
NBS Impacts scale object (building, etc.)
Urban density/ Soil consumption medium
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
Project manager (leader and main partners): entities names, and know-how involved Leader: Istituto Ecoambientale (no-profit association) Main partners: University of Rome
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. Citizens
Cluster Governance Model Description
Global Estimated cost of the project 50k€ - 200k€
Cluster cluster2_financial_institution
Description of the financing mechanism The project is searching for subsidies
Business Model
Class Type Description
Temporal Factor
Expected time for the NBS to be fully effective after its implementation medium (between 2 to 5 years)
Expected life time of the intervention around 25 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
Process Enablers
Class Subclass Type Description
Knowledge_driversGeneration_of_evidenceResearch_on_benefitsKnowledge gained through experiences with implementing successful projects where urban green spaces were introduced, improved in quality, or restored as well as lessons learned from less successful projects is deemed as being instrumental for effectively employing NbS in urban planning.
Process Inhibitors
Class Subclass Type Description
Economy_barriersBudget_constraintsLack_of_funding_knowledgeCity budgets for green development and the maintenance of green spaces often face severe budget constraints, while staff and related expertise is decreasing
What makes this project a pioneer?
Field Design_or_techniques_employed
Brief description of the innovativeness innovation of agricultural practices, information campaigns and involvement of citizens and marginalized social classes
Has the project received a prize, an award?
Has the project received a media coverage? (in reviews, in press, etc.)
IM Keywords
  • vegetable garden

  • urban farm

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