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NEWS: The opening conference of the project entitled "Creating Blue-Green Infrastructure in the city of Piastów"

On 26 May 2022, the opening conference of the project entitled "Creating Blue-Green Infrastructure in the city of Piastów" took place at the Municipal Cultural Centre in Piastów. The organiser of the event entitled "GREEN-BLUE INFRASTRUCTURE AS A TOOL OF CITIES TO PREVENT AND FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGES", was organised by the City of Piastów together with partners: Polish Green Roofs Association (PSDZ) and Norwegian Association for Green Infrastructure (NFGI).

The conference was opened by the Mayor of Piastów, Grzegorz Szuplewski, who welcomed the guests and introduced the project partners.

The floor was then taken by Marta Weber-Siwirska, Chairperson of PSDZ, and David Vernon Brasfield, Chairperson of NFGI.

Special guests invited to the conference were: Izabela Puczyłowska (National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management), Krzysztof Rymuza (Starost of the Pruszków Poviat) and Dariusz Geller (President of the Polish-Norwegian Society).

The substantive part began with a speech by Ireneusz Bieńkowski, Project Manager, who presented the assumptions of the project " Creating Blue-Green Infrastructure in the city of Piastów ", the planned activities and the results and benefits of its implementation.

The speakers focused on the problems of using green-blue infrastructure in the processes of mitigation and adaptation to climate change, rainwater retention and the role of green roofs and living walls as tools used in these activities. The speakers also answered questions posed by conference participants. The conference was chaired by Marta Weber-Siwirska, Chairperson of the Polish Green Roofs Association.

Conference speakers:

  • David Vernon Brasfield - Norwegian examples of drought and flood prevention
  • Gonçalo Liberato - Norwegian examples of rainwater management
  • Ewa Walter - Using blue-green infrastructure in climate change mitigation and adaptation processes
  • Ewa Burszta Adamiak - Rainwater retention through green-blue infrastructure solutions
  • Katarzyna Wróblewska - Adaptation of plants to changing climatic conditions
  • Justyna Rubaszek - Green roofs as a tool for mitigation and adaptation to climate change
  • Daniel Skarżyński Vertical gardens as an innovative tool for mitigation and adaptation to climate change

 

The project entitled "Creating Blue-Green Infrastructure in the city of Piastów"

The project entitled "Creating Blue-Green Infrastructure in the city of Piastów" consists in the implementation of activities in the field of green-blue infrastructure such as: increasing the area of green areas, intensification of activities related to the management of rainwater in the city in the place of its creation, elimination of urban "heat islands", prevention of food waste and improvement of the microclimate inside the city.
The project is comprehensive in nature, taking into account adaptation, mitigation and education measures that are coherent and interrelated. The project is implemented under the Environment, Energy and Climate Change programme, from the Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation area and is funded by the EEA 2014-2021 MF.

The Project is planned to be implemented from 1 January 2022 to 30 November 2023.

The beneficiary of the project is the city of Piastów.
The total value of the Project, including eligible expenditures is 4 610 593.24 PLN, and the co-financing will cover 85% of eligible costs.

 

Partners:

Polish Green Roof Association (PSDZ)

Norwegian Association for Green Infrastructure (NFGI)

 

Project purpose:

The main objective of the project is to increase the resilience of the city of Piastów to negative phenomena resulting from climate change and adaptation to these changes, to raise public awareness of climate change, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the implementation of investments in green and blue infrastructure.
For the implementation of the project, such methods were selected and such mitigation and adaptation measures were planned which, when adopted in the urban space, will bring the greatest benefits to the city.

 

LIST OF PLANNED ACTIVITIES AS PART OF PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION

In terms of investment tasks, it is planned to create green roofs and walls, urban greenery, green bus stops, urban farms, rain gardens, ditch restoration, the foundation of micro wind turbines on green roofs, elimination of soil sealing, creation of green pergolas over pavements. The investment component will be complemented by education and information activities aimed at raising public awareness of the city's adaptation to and prevention of climate change.
The project "Creating Blue-Green Infrastructure in the city of Piastów" is co-financed by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area under the program "Environment, Energy and Climate Change", programme area: "Mitigation of climate change and adaptation to its effects".
The purpose of implementing projects in the Climate Change area within the call for proposals "Implementation of green and blue infrastructure investments in cities" is to strengthen the resilience of cities to the negative effects of climate change, to raise public awareness of climate change, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the local community level in cities with less than 90,000 inhabitants.

 

The EEA Grants

The EEA Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway towards a green, competitive and inclusive Europe. There are two overall objectives: reduction of economic and social disparities in Europe, and to strengthen bilateral relations between the donor countries and 15 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics. The three donor countries cooperate closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA). The donors have provided €3.3 billion through consecutive grant schemes between 1994 and 2014. For the period 2014-2021, the EEA Grants amount to €1.55 billion.

The priorities for this period are:
#1 Innovation, Research, Education and Competitiveness
#2 Social Inclusion, Youth Employment and Poverty Reduction
#3 Environment, Energy, Climate Change and Low Carbon Economy
#4 Culture, Civil Society, Good Governance and Fundamental Rights
#5 Justice and Home Affairs

The EEA Grants are jointly financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, whose contributions are based on their GDP.
Eligibility for the Grants mirror the criteria set for the EU Cohesion Fund aimed at member countries where the Gross National Income (GNI) per inhabitant is less than 90% of the EU average.

More information: www.eeagrants.orgwww.eog.gov.pl

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