Urban ReLeaf promotes collaboration between local communities and public authorities to address urgent climate issues related to urban greenspace planning, heat stress, and air pollution.
Together with six European cities, we nurture citizen-powered environmental monitoring projects that bring the benefits of nature to everyone. Our mission focuses on community placemaking, public sector innovation, and tailored strategies to reach our common goal of creating greener, more just and resilient cities for all.
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Local stakeholder dialogues, pop-up community labs and futures storytelling workshops form the basis for co-developing urban greening strategies, and inclusive civic engagement, involving citizens, communities, city authorities and other local actors. These exchanges help to assess current policies and highlight pathways for community-led contributions to the wider data ecosystems and promote dialogues on urban nature-based solutions.
Institute of Communication and Computer Systems
Current data landscapes around urban greenspace, air quality and heat stress across six cities are mapped to identify possible opportunities for citizen-powered science. For the engagement campaigns, robust tools and applications for data collection and visualisation are developed and piloted. Citizens’ observations and data contributions are validated and integrated into official data flows and products for decision-making.
International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis
Seasonal citizen engagement and data collection campaigns are launched and implemented in the six Urban ReLeaf cities, guided by an iterative, multi-stage action planning process. A comprehensive assessment will give detailed insights into achieved impacts, such as the acceptance and uptake of citizen observations in policy processes.
ICLEI European Secretariat
A dedicated Community of Practice with three working groups stimulates knowledge exchange, builds partnerships and promotes mutual learning. Adaptive and innovative governance models will be co-designed and developed to support inclusive, data-driven urban greening. An accelerator program targets public-sector innovation, offering actionable insights for key actors via the Urban ReLeaf toolkit and adoption roadmap.
University of Dundee
Strategic communication will guide and increase engagement, knowledge exchange, and wider dissemination of Urban ReLeaf values, activities, and outcomes, based in deliberate data governance, gender equality and inclusiveness principles. Relationships with wide-reaching networks will be nurtured to ensure visibility and awareness of Urban ReLeaf activities, which include Design for Business sprints aimed at promoting the exploitation of key results.