Collaborations with China, Brazil, and Moldova, are at the core of the two RISE and RIA proposals eseia has submitted at the beginning of 2018 to innovate smart-cities and promote nature-based solutions
Nature-based solutions to develop resilient cities and international staff exchanges to promote a sustainable urban landscape are the core of the two Horizon 2020 proposals eseia has submitted at the beginning of the year to tackle the issue of overcrowded and polluted urban areas in Europe, China, Brazil and Moldova.
In the NatureCity proposal, eseia will lead a Consortium of 30 partners to demonstrate, monitor, compare and evaluate 10 nature-based solutions (NBS) to improve the urban eco-system of 13 European and Chinese cities as well as the quality of life of their inhabitants. Each city, under the guide of their regional partner, will provide a living lab to investigate NBS. Therefore, the experts involved will integrate smart mobility solutions to free up space, re-introduce biodiversity and adapt cities to overcome the effects of climate change, such as flooding and desertification.
While at the core of the NatureCity proposal lies the EU-China cooperation, the proposal “Towards Green Mobility through International Staff Exchange (Green Mobility IE) focuses mainly on European synergies with Brazil and Moldova to develop innovative solutions for sustainable urban landscapes.
The international network of 15 academic and industrial partners set up in Green Mobility IE, will approach smart-city innovation from five angles: information and communication technology, built environment, mobility, urbanism, and governance. The 134 person months (PMs) of targeted staff exchanges and joint-innovation activities, as outlined in the proposal, will contribute to share innovative methodologies, experience and results of the research at transnational level.
Results on the selection procedure of both calls are expected in the early summer this year.
 Edinburgh (UK), Vicenza (IT), Rethymno (GR), Yuncheng (CN), Jinshan Tun, Yichung (CN), Dali (CN), Lakatamia (CY), Panevėžys (LT), Brașov (RO), Burgas (BL), Košice (SK), Harbin (CN), Hongli Community in the Futian District, Shenzhen (CN).