The development of the Connecting Nature Impact Assessment Framework has been accompanied by a series of resources that can be used by cities whose objective is to build capacity to mainstream impact assessment as part of their nature-based solutions policies and plans. Together, they form an impact assessment toolkit for cities. The objective of this Deliverable is to provide a brief description of each of the elements of the toolkit, while the resources and tools themselves can be consulted online, by following the provided links in Appendices I and II. All these materials have been uploaded to websites and platforms so that the elements are easily searchable and downloadable by users. The resources generated fall into the following four categories: 1) Impact assessment plans, results, and integration of data for the Connecting Nature frontrunner cities 2) Finding inspiration: nature-based solutions repositories and databases: OPPLA, the EU Repository of Nature-Based Solutions, and the NBS data and knowledge base created by Dushkova and Haase (2020). 3) The CO-IMPACT tool to design bespoke impact assessment plans, a decision-support tool for the design of monitoring and evaluation plans, with suggestions for appropriate indicators and methodologies. It is one of the main innovations in the project. 4) Additional monitoring and evaluation resources for cities, including handbooks and indicator factsheets to support cities in impact assessment The deliverable also presents the Connecting Nature plans for ensuring the sustainability of project innovations beyond the official end of the project. It describes the design of the Connecting Nature Resource Center, an online repository of searchable resources embedded in the European platform OPPLA. In addition to these five main sections, this document has two appendices. The first one the main resources, and includes keywords, location, description, uses of the product, and associated links. In the second appendix, the impact assessment video trainings are listed, along with links to the videos for easy access. All the resources presented in this Deliverable make up an interactive, online toolkit to support nature-based solutions impact assessment and deployment in cities. containing innovative evidence-based demonstrations for nature-based solutions deployment in cities. The toolkit will also be presented at the CN final Summit in Genk and will seek to stimulate emerging partnerships to support impact assessment plans and investments in cities. Suggested citation: Dumitru, A., Dick, G., Mahony, P., Peralbo Rubio, E., Porter, J., Sermpezi, R., Tomé Lourido, D., Tomé Lourido, D., and Collier, M.J. (2022) Interactive, online toolkit containing innovative evidence-based demonstrations for nature-based solutions deployment in cities: Deliverable 3 of the Connecting Nature Project. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.7010945
Ablative Fast Pyrolysis (AFP) is the first step in the BioMates-concept to convert herbaceous biomass into co-feed with reliable properties for conventional refineries. The document provides the coding behind the identifiers used for samples and sample blends produced by RISE via AFP within the H2020-project BioMates (https://s.fhg.de/BioMates-Cordis) in TRL5.
This report is an annex to the second periodic reporting of Work Package 12 of the H2020 R&I project ECOPOTENTIAL (Grant Agreement n. 641762). It is aimed to verify the implementation of the Communication and Dissemination plan (D12.4). As like as for the first report, it contains: 1. The communication activities reported in Table 1 of the C&D plan (D12.4) and the status of their implementation 2. The indicators of communication and dissemination performance (Table 2 of the C&D plan) 3. The relevant statistics on the access to the ECOPOTENTIAL website 4. An outline of social media activities 5. The list of conferences and other dissemination events where ECOPOTENTIAL has been presented (either presentations of the project as a whole and scientific results presentations) 6. The list of all Open Access peer reviewed publications, highlighting the Open Access publications published within this reporting period.
Public Report within the EU H2020 DIVERSify project - https://plant-teams.org Executive Summary This deliverable report describes the applicability of the Minimalist Mixture Model – M3 – as a prototype tool for predicting performance of innovative plant teams. M3 has been developed as part of the work conducted in DIVERSify within WP3. M3, and its most recent further developments, are briefly described. The emphasis is on the general structure of the model, and the data needed for its calibration, running and validation. In addition, this report presents two applications of M3 to predict the performance of existing and novel plant teams. In the first application, M3 is used to determine the performance of plant teams differing from the existing ones for specific parameters, thus helping in the identification of key traits for superior performance, and hence potential innovative plant teams that should be prioritized in breeding. In the second application, M3 is used to determine the stability of a plant team performance in the face of variable climatic conditions, including those projected for the future.
Deliverable 5.5 Deliverable 5.5 “Market validation, technical and socioeconomic analysis of fish products”, covers the results from several studies involving consumer activities performed in Task 5.4 “Market validation”; the profiling of key EU consumer segments for new product adoption (through large-scale quantitative and qualitative surveys), the identification of the optimal product configuration (through choice experiments), the identification of the optimal combination of packaging attributes (validated through neuroscience), the assessment of sustainability dimensions (choice experiment) and finally the validation tests (Home Use Tests and online questionnaires) of the new products in three European countries (Spain, France and Germany). It also includes the results of Task 5.5 “Technical and economic feasibility analysis of products” performing case studies for producing the four new food products (grilled seabass with lemon, sea and mountain burger, seabream breaded bites and organic seabream with couscous) developed in the framework of MedAID. The information provided could facilitate the implementation of these developments by industry.
There is a lack of knowledge regarding the parameters needed for the effective seismic performance assessment of historical stone masonry buildings. The paper presents the results of an extensive experimental campaign consisting of four compression and fifteen in-plane cyclic shear tests on three-leaf ashlar stone masonry walls and its constituents. The morphology, level of vertical load, and testing boundary conditions were systematically varied, and their influence on the load-bearing and deformation capacities, stiffness, ductility and energy dissipation was analysed. Good consolidation of the inner core enables in-plane failure mechanism of the walls to occur without decisive out-of-plane damage. The boundary conditions applied significantly influence the failure modes and large deformation capacities obtained, whereas transverse connections in the case of a shear failure mechanism do not significantly influence the overall lateral in-plane response of walls.
For the city of Stuttgart, two distinct visions have been created that are broadly in line with the common ICARUS pathways “Smart Tech City” and “Sharing Smart Communities”. The overall goal is the same for both visions and can be described as optimized welfare and wellbeing with lower pressures to the environment. In the following both visions are presented. A more detailed description of the two visions and a general description of the foreseen transition pathways can be found in the project deliverable D6.31. This report focuses on the transport sector, for which two distinct scenarios (one for each foreseen vision) are compared to a baseline scenario representing the business as usual. The foreseen visions implicate a change in mode choice alternatives. With fully automatic vehicles becoming available, behavioral changes can be expected. With the help of the macroscopic travel demand model of the Stuttgart Region, it is possible to study and evaluate potential implications for the transport sector, which arise from individual decisions and behavioral choices. The simulation of travel demand patterns helps to identify relevant preconditions which are required for a successful transition in the transport sector and to ensure that the foreseen visions are actually feasible. Results showed that the introduction of fully automated shared vehicle fleets for car-sharing or ridesharing is suitable to decrease the number of vehicles needed. This assumes that private car ownership is prohibited, as it is the case in the vision scenarios. Although the vision scenarios do not necessarily improve the traffic situation within the city boundaries, they show the importance of pricing and the relevance of a dense public transport supply. For both scenarios, it was not possible to run the system without adding rail-bound public transport (light rail transit, suburban and regional trains). Thus, apart from a certain share of pedestrians and cyclists, transport always consisted of a mixture of rail-bound public transport and autonomously driving taxis (carsharing in “Smart Tech Cities) or minibuses (ridesharing in “Sharing Smart Communities”). In practice, a mixture of both scenarios would most likely be realized.
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Despite the potential of legumes to improve the sustainability of arable cropping systems and enhance the quality of farmed animal and human diets, the production and consumption of legumes in Europe are low, whereas their demand for feed is high.” This insight, also called a legume paradox, was shared by many stakeholders (approximately 600) from the TRUE project partnership and beyond. To support the realisation of more sustainable legume-based systems, results from the TRUE policy analysis are formulated as recommendations and collected in four policy briefs to help develop positive, proactive approaches This policy brief addresses the vital need to increase education and awareness of the role for legumes in improving health conditions and their positive impacts on the environment, starting from early years.
This Deliverable presents the Connecting Nature Impact Assessment framework and capacity-building process whose aim has been to support the mainstreaming of a culture of impact evaluation and evidence-based nature-based solutions (NBS) design and implementation in cities. The framework is the result of a co-production process between academic and city council partners in the project and has been implemented in the cities, leading to the development of monitoring and evaluation plans for specific NBS exemplars at different scales. Additional capacity-building tools have been created to integrate the impact assessment framework into regular urban planning processes, such as an impact assessment training programme, and a digitally-supported impact assessment tool guiding cities through the process of thinking about and designing their monitoring and evaluation strategy. We present the Connecting Nature Impact Assessment Framework, and we illustrate it with the monitoring and evaluation plans of the front-runner cities. We then focus on an analysis of the main challenges experienced and lessons learned in this process of capacity building, to enhance transferability; we present how knowledge has been transferred to fast-follower and multiplier cities, and we finalize by drawing conclusions on the most promising indicators for NBS in cities, focusing on those indicators that have already been tested in practice. Suggested citation: Dumitru, A., Dick, G., Dymek, D., Dziubaba, A., Fagiewicz, K., Lupa, P., Mikuła, L., Peralbo Rubio, E., Poniży, L., Quartier, M., Sermpezi, R., Tomé Lourido, D., Vos, P., Zwierzchowska, I., and Collier, M.J. (2021) Report on the outcomes of the lessons learned, mapping of emerging experiments and expert workshops, leading to a synthesis of the most promising indicators for nature-based solutions: Deliverable 2 of the Connecting Nature Project. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.7010920
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