GreenEquity

Project title: Assessing the social equity of ecosystem services provided by urban green infrastructures

Project number: PN-III-P1-1.1-PD-2016-2074

Contract No.: 69/2018

Funding body: The Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI)

Budget: 249.280,00 RON

Period: 2018-2020

Team:

Diana Andreea Onose – Project Leader
Cristian Ioan Ioja – Mentor

Summary

One of the main objectives promoted through UN Habitat III Agenda refers to urban equity in development with 4 directions, one referring to spatial and social equity. Assessing the needs of vulnerable groups represents a complex problem in the field or Urban Ecology due to the difficulties related with their direct approach necessary in establishing their needs related with urban green infrastructures. The project aims to assess the social equity related with ecosystem services provided by urban green infrastructures for vulnerable groups using advanced spatial and statistical analysis (e.g. Grounded Theory, compositional analysis, multiple correspondence analysis). The project starts establishing the conceptual framework for assessing the social equity of ecosystem services provided by urban green infrastructures (O.1), continues assessing the way in which urban parks (O.2) and green areas especially designed for vulnerable groups (O.3) contribute in ensuring social equity and finishes by developing a model for minimizing areas affected by social inequity (O.4). The originality of the project resides in the focus on vulnerable group and integrating their needs in planning multifunctional urban green areas. The project deliverables include 2 ISI (cumulative impact factor over 4), 4 presentation at international conferences and a spatial database publically available through a web GIS service. Both project leader and mentor have high international visibility and experience in conducting research in the field of Urban Ecology.

Aim

The project aim is to assess the social equity of ecosystem services provided by urban green infrastructures and to elaborate a model for identifying areas of segregations and solutions for minimizing the social inequity in the context of sustainable cities.

Objectives

The specific objectives of the project are:

  • Establishing the conceptual framework for assessing the social equity of ecosystem services provided by urban green infrastructures;
  • Assessing the role of urban parks in achieving social equity for different vulnerable groups;
  • Evaluating the ecosystem services provided by urban green infrastructures especially designed for different vulnerable groups;
  • Developing a model for minimizing areas affected by social inequity regarding the ecosystem services provided by urban green infrastructures.

Main results

Conferences

  • Onose D.A., Ioja C.I., Breuste J., Artmann M. (2018), Nature experience for children in urban green spaces, 5th Symposium on Ecosystem Services in Transdisciplinary Approach – ECOSERV 2018, 17-19 September 2018, Poznan, Poland