Also known as Italy’s ‘green heart’ due to its medieval cities on hills, dense forests, the peculiraties of its local cuisine, its truffles and wines, this city is part of this initiative along with another four European cities: Castellon (Spain), Potsdam (Germany); Aarhus (Denmark) and Bucarest, capital of Romania.
DivAirCity, inclusion and diversity for greener cities, seeks to improve human diversity, inclusion and cooperation to develop new and effective solutions for more sustainable urban environments.
For its development, it has the support of 26 organizations from the European Union and 68 foreign stakeholders from the five continents, including Italy’s Research Institute on Terrestial Ecosystems and the Institute of Atmosheric Pollution from the National Research Council (CNR-Iret and CNR-Iia).
Rome was the venue of the first DivAirCity workshop, which, according to Angela Augusti, from Cnr-Iret, through civic science and creativity, this project seeks to determine new urban models and services to achieve green cities boosted by culture.
She explained that it focuses on urban relations, which combine people, places, peace, economic growth, climate robustness and solutions based on nature, in order to improve citizens’ inclusion and environmental care.
People and their individual differences are a fundamental resource for the DivAirCity project, to address air pollution and climate challenges with an approach that can boost diversity and guarantee a healthy urban, innovative, cultural and ecosystem-friendly society, she concluded.