About Genova

Genova is the largest city in the Liguria Region and is characterised by a narrow coastal zone with hills and steep mountains in the backcountry. Genova is the third largest city in Northern Italy in number of inhabitants, as the population amounts to 607,000 people. This number increases to 850,000 when considering the whole metropolitan area.

Genova is plagued by frequent flooding which has resulted in significant destruction in the past, primarily due to intense rainfall on a highly urbanised landscape. The city faces numerous environmental challenges related to extreme weather conditions such as water management issues, heat stress, and water and air pollution.

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Lagaccio

Genova's NBS Demonstration Areas

Nature-based solutions to key climate and water related challenges will be demonstrated in Genova’s Lagaccio district, which is a central and densely populated district characterised by disorganised post-war urbanisation mainly formed by residential multi-story buildings and derelict sites. The Lagaccio district occupies a core area of Genova, connecting the old port, the historic town centre and the 850-hectare Peralto natural park with is historical architectural structures.

The Municipality of Genova is planning to transform the Gavoglio area into an urban park. The former military barracks in the area will be developed into a public, inclusive and sustainable urban park through the implementation of green spaces such as rows and bunches of trees and lawns. The new green spaces will be connected to the existing nearby green areas, which will create a green corridor in which it will be possible to develop and increase biodiversity and decrease urban heat stress, ensuring a well-functioning ecosystem. Further, community gardens offering green open space for urban farming will be implemented.

The city is also planning to improve water management and quality on site through innovative collection, depuration and reuse of rainwater runoff to irrigate new trees and other vegetation in the requalified Gavoglio barracks area. Ponds and wetlands will also be created to collect, store and clean water before gradual release into water courses. Permeable surfaces in hard landscape construction will be designed and deployed to provide aquifer recharge. Rain gardens are also planned which will allow runoff from impervious urban areas to be absorbed.

Our Urban Challenges

Our Urban Challenges

Air pollution
Biodiversity loss
Flooding
Heat stress
Lack of public green spaces
Water scarcity
Our Nature-based Solutions

Our Nature-based Solutions

Bioswale
Green facade
Infiltration basin
Orchard & xerophilous meadow
Rain garden
Reforestation
Sandpit
Tree group
Tree log retaining wall

Partners Involved in Genova's NBS Implementation

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NBS performance monitoring in the front-runner cities

Year 2019 marked the advancement and near finalisation of NBS planning and construction in the UNaLab front-runner cities. During the latter half of 2019, the cities have been working with the project’s technical partners to identify a suite of relevant key performance indicators (KPIs) that will provide essential information about the performance and impact of the NBS being implemented.

Land reclamation works have started in the Gavoglio park

The coastal city of Genova is addressing challenges connected to climate change and shifts in socio-economic trends by reshaping a former military barrack through the deployment of co-created nature-based solutions (NBS) within the UNaLab project.

The Gavoglio park in Genova inspires the use of nature-based solutions for another park in the city

The works in the Gavoglio park have started and in the coming months the first nature-based solutions foreseen by the UNaLab project will be built. The experience gained thanks to the UNaLab project in the use of NBS has also led to another important result: NBS have been included among the requirements for the design of a new urban park for the city of Genova, which will be located in the areas affected by the collapse of the Morandi motorway bridge.

Co-creation Workshops in Genova

The Municipality of Genova organised three co-creation workshops that took place between March and April 2018. With the European Awareness Scenario Workshop methodology, citizens, representatives of local associations, urban planners, geology experts and the staff working for the Municipality of Genova, came together to create a vision, propose their ideas, and discuss their implementation. Results that arose from the co-creation activity were evaluated by designers and the municipality to ensure their technical and economic feasibility.  

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