This nature-based solution complements and links all other greening actions of proGIreg since pollinators are essential to a healthy and functioning ecosystem. To make urban areas more pollinator-friendly, cities can reduce pesticide usage and increase the size of green spaces and plant species diversity. Also green networks and corridors help prevent in-breeding of isolated populations, which can lead to species extinction.
Monitoring the variety and amounts of bees and butterflies is a good way of assessing the pollinator-friendliness of a city. ProGIreg’s citizen science approach involves joining with local citizens to create, monitor and promote awareness of the pollinator-friendly spaces.
Pollinator-friendly plants will be introduced to the open slopes of the former-landfill site Deusenberg and the neighbouring permaculture orchard (NBS 3). Local citizens will help monitoring numbers and species variety.
Turin will take a socially inclusive and bottom-up approach by working with doctors and patients of mental health centres to promote pollinator-friendly spaces across the Living Lab.
By running workshops for schools and the local community, Cascais will increase awareness of the importance of pollinators in the local ecosystem, encourage beekeeping and the reduction of pesticide-use.
Prof. Simona Bonelli (University of Turin), proGIreg's pollinator expert, explains how cities can make the urban green more attractive to butterflies and bees: