LUIGI

Das RMB ist einer der 14 Projektpartner in diesem internationalen Konsortium, das sich unter anderem mit den Möglichkeiten der Inwertsetzung von Streuobstwiesen beschäftigt.


About LUIGI (=Linking Urban and Inner-Alpine Green Infrastructure)

 

Programme Priority and objective

Liveable Alpine Space – Enhance the protection, the conservation and the ecological connectivity of Alpine Space ecosystems

Duration

Start Date: 01/10/2019
End Date:  30/06/2022

Funding

Total eligible costs: 2.337.301 EUR
ERDF grant:           1.986.706 EUR


LUIGI at a glance

Orchards, forests, rivers, green paths… There is a great variety of spaces connecting mountain ecosystems and urban centers. Each of these natural or semi-natural spaces, also referred as green infrastructures (GIs), brings environmental, economic and societal benefits: supply of food, water, materials, recreation areas, tourism, pollination, climate regulation… It is precisely this wide range of benefits, called ecosystem services (ESS), that LUIGI explores and intends to strengthen in alpine, rural and urban areas.

LUIGI − Linking Urban and Inner-Alpine Green Infrastructures − is a project of the European Union and co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, approved on the fourth INTERREG V B tender of the Alpine Space Programme.


Main objectives of LUIGI

  • Valorize the delivery of economic, environmental & cultural ecosystem services from regional GIs through management and policy instruments for decision makers
  • Empowering local decision makers and other target groups in using EcoSystemServices (ESS) and Green Infrastructure (GI) through new knowledge, management and financial tools
  • Unlocking private investments, payments for ecosystem services (PES) for the ESS provided by mountain/rural areas
  • Implementation of regional pilot-actions and developing guidance for transnational sharing and replication of good practices, based on sound management tools, business models and analytical instruments
  • Strengthening partnerships between rural and urban actors through innovative management approaches and business models, payments/compensations and shared governance tools
  • Improving land-planning capabilities of regional and local policy-makers in managing GI-networks between mountain/rural/metropolitan/peri-urban and urban areas through an interregional, transnational approach and knowledge exchange

The project is based on work packages each of them aiming to reach different objectives, activities and deliverables within the project.

 

 

 WP 1

Spotlight the multiple benefits (ecological, economic, social and cultural) of GI as “common natural capital” and ESS providers

delivers an assessment on the state of GIs and ESS in the region based on maps and scenarios, guidelines for conserving and enhancing multiple ESS provision from GIs.

 WP 2

Tools and mechanisms for enhancing value chains for a more effective cooperation between urban and rural areas

investigates ESS markets by assessing their potential in pilot-regions and identifies suitable and transferable business models for enhancing regional GIs, additionally it runs some regional tests of an Alpine Space ESS “stock-exchange model” where demand and supply of ESS meet.

 WP 3

Participatory and governance approaches for spatial development of GI in the pilot regions of LUIGI

Delivers modules for participatory GI maintenance implemented by a co-creation process in the pilot regions.

 WP 4

Education and training for sustainable GIs management and ESS provision

provides an assessment and works to improve teaching and training modules concerning GIs by preparing and implementing modules on sustainable GI management in pilot regions.

 WP 5

Knowledge transfer to policy makers and integration with transnational networks

aims to ensure a durable capacity of policy makers across the Alpine Space by developing appropriate tools (online courses, webinars, workshops,…) for an effective knowledge transfer and sharing of project results in pilot regions and beyond.


LUIGI Partnership

LUIGI gathers 14 partners across 6 alpine countries (Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland), working together on future-oriented solutions to enhance ecosystem services and green infrastructure networks.

Moreover, 26 observers support the knowledge transfer, dissemination of project results and further project activities.  


LUIGI Events

Due to the corona virus it was unfortunately not possible to hold every meeting face to face. Nonetheless, even at virtual meetings a productive exchange could take place. Thanks to the participants.

27th November 2019: 1st LUIGI project partner meeting

During the first internal kick-off in Milan the timeline, to-dos, activities as well as the internal project structure were fixed.

28th November 2019: 3rd EUSALP Annual Forum Milan

Meeting the members of the EUSALP AG 7 and exchange with representatives of other EU projects (LOS_DAMA, ALPBIONET, OpenSpaceAlps)

21st-22nd April 2020: 2nd LUIGI project partner meeting was held virtually.

15th September 2020: LUIGI participated to the Green Infrastructure Workshop hosted by  AlpGov 2 and EUSALP AG7, with two session: in the first one the Lead Partner Metropolitan City of Milan presented the overall project and first results,  in the second the Agricultural Institute of Slovenia presented  "How education in LUIGI project contributes to tackle GI challenges”.

12th November 2020: LUIGI poster presentation at Slovenian 35th traditional consultation.

The topics of consultation were dedicated to the promotion of innovation in agriculture, the work of operational groups, dissemination of results among the interested public, networking and sharing experiences in the implementation of projects. The poster in Slovenian can be found here.

2nd December 2020: 3rd LUIGI project partner meeting

Thereby the progress of the project and next steps have been discussed online.

3rd December 2020: LUIGI Study Event

During the LUIGI Study Event the outcomes of each workpackage were presented by each WP leader and worked on with the coordinators of the case studies (pilot actions), with engagement of observers and stakeholders as well as with members of the EUSALP AG 7. Moreover, key challenges, stakeholders as well as pathways of solutions have been identified. The synthesis report can be found here

  …more events coming…


WHERE IS LUIGI NOW?

LUIGI has now reached almost half of its way and the first knowledge base and state of art activities can be considered completed, allowing partners to proceed with the next phase of the project which will be more focused on implementation of knowledge and tools in pilot regions, stakeholder engagement, training and capacity building actions.

Key achievements so far include:

  • the State of Art on Ecosystem Services (ESs) connected to specific Green Infrastructures (GIs) in the Alpine Space and a catalogue of existing tools to facilitate GI design and use in urban/peri-urban settings, both in an easy-to-read factsheet collection;
  • the Status report on GI governance in the Alpine Space regions, which includes the characterisation of LUIGI 10 pilot regions and their implementation areas in terms of the GI governance and planning framework, key stakeholders and challenges to be addressed;
  • the overview of the existing GI and ESs teaching and training programmes in pilot regions and new teaching and training modules developed by LUIGI partners on GI planning, cultivation, participatory approaches and innovative business models.

All the above reports can be found on the Project website.


Further Information & Contact

For further information, you can watch the LUIGI Videoclip from the Metropolitan City of Turin, follow LUIGI on facebook or visit the website of the LUIGI. 

 

DI Thomas Böhm, MBA

Regionalmanagement Burgenland GmbH
Schloss Jormannsdorf

Schlossplatz 1
A-7431 Bad Tatzmannsdorf
Tel.: +43 3353/ 20660/2477
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