ABOUT THE PROJECT

Having a park or garden right on your doorstep when living in a city is an advantage most property seekers are looking for. Such greens offer an improved life quality. They not only provide leisure or sports facilities but make the air cleaner, reduce urban noise and even improve the urban climate. Yet if they are not in a good shape they can easily turn into a burden and a constant “battlefield” between inhabitants and the responsible authorities.

Green belts, often spreading over a number of smaller settlements around big cities, are the “lungs” of these densely populated cities that can provide various environmental, social and economic benefits.

To achieve these benefits, however, traditional authority approaches are no longer enough and efficient. That is why the challenge of how these green spaces could be managed smartly through cooperation of inhabitants and various authorities were in the focus of Urban Green Belts.

There is a common demand for better functioning operational models in central Europe, yet project partners on their own would not have the capabilities to develop a complex novel system. Through improving capacities of all actors via this joint work, management of urban green spaces will become more efficient and a more integrated part of environmental management systems. This will also lead to an enhanced biodiversity, improved air quality, less urban noise, more bearable urban heat waves and a generally improved quality of urban life.


Urban Green Belt partners from 7 countries developed innovative methods and tools as guides linked to community involvement, multi-stakeholder governance and GIS methods leading to integrated models for managing urban green spaces smartly. These novel solutions were tested jointly through pilot actions and compiled into a smart governance manual to serve as guidance on reforming green spaces management for any public authority in Europe for the benefit of inhabitants.

Throughout the project, the partners, with nearly 300 stakeholders, studied the effectiveness of the models and designed local pilot activities. Stakeholders included national, regional and local organizations, knowledge partners, small entrepreneurs and NGOs as well as representatives of the local people.

The pilot activities carried out in the partner cities will continue to live on and be integrated into longer-term plans for managing urban green areas. For example, the stewardship program at Hegyvidék, or Krakow with good practices for maintaining and animating an urban forest, or a GIS-based green space quality indicator system in Salzburg and Padua, or a tree cadastre, could be the basis for further urban green development initiatives.

For more details, please read the Manual and learn about the activities of the cities below and contact us! 

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PROJECT PARTNERS

Municipality of 12th District of Budapest (Hegyvidék)
WWW.HEGYVIDEK.HU

The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe
WWW.REC.ORG

Research Studios Austria – Studio iSPACE
WWW.RESEARCHSTUDIO.AT

Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
WWW.ZRC-SAZU.SI/EN/NODE

Maribor Development Agency
WWW.MRA.SI

MAŁOPOLSKA REGION
WWW.MALOPOLSKIE.PL

MUNICIPALITY OF PADUA
WWW.PADOVANET.IT

MUNICIPAL DISTRICT OF PRAGUE 6
WWW.PRAHA6.CZ

ZADAR COUNTY DEVELOPMENT AGENCY ZADRA NOVA
WWW.ZADRA.HR

MUNICIPALITY OF KRAKOW
WWW.KRAKOW.PL WWW.ZZM.KRAKOW.PL

Project Partners

The UGB project has 10 partners from 7 central European countries

PROJECT DURATION

Start Date

june 2016

End Date

may 2019