Accessible green corridors
Needed for transporting goods, rivers were a common feature of early industrialization. Nowadays in post-industrial cities, they are often left derelict and inaccessible for locals.
While other existing projects are involved in renaturing the rivers and green corridors of the Living Labs, the focus of proGIreg is to improve the accessibility to these green corridors so that the cities become more livable and locals can connect more to nature.
Green corridors will connect the Living Lab to the Sava river, the ecosystems of the forest in the North with the river in the South, and the different parts of Sesvete being redeveloped. A cycling path will also connect the urban gardens to the neighbourhood of Novi Jelkovec (11,000 inhabitants).
In Ningbo aquatic plants are being used to re-nature a 5 km corridor surrounding the urban Yuehu Park lake (Moon Lake).
Piraeus intends to improve accessibility to the Kifisos river and reduce isolation of the post-industrial parts of the city.
A new green cycling path along the river Sangone will connect to the Turin metropolitan cycling network. Access to the 'Sangone beach' and improved vegetation and pollinator biodiversity is also planned.
Zenica intends to improve the quality of life for locals by creating new cycle and walking paths along rivers, previously used and degraded by industry.
Through an open design competition, Cluj-Napoca will improve accessibility to the Someș river and green inter-connections between neighbourhoods. Cycle paths will provide health mobility alternatives.
Cascais plans to improve accessibility to green river corridors and create recreational areas for local citizens to enjoy.
Dortmund will connect the district Huckarde with the renatured Emscher river, which flows through the Living Lab area.