This nature-based solution complements all other greening actions of proGIreg, since pollinators are essential to a healthy and functioning ecosystem. To make urban areas more pollinator-friendly, cities can reduce pesticide use and increase the size of green spaces and plant species diversity. Green networks and corridors help prevent in-breeding of isolated populations, which can lead to species extinction.Monitoring the variety and amounts of pollinators is a good way of assessing the pollinator-friendliness of a city. ProGIreg’s citizen science approach involves involving local citizens to create, monitor and promote awareness of pollinator-friendly spaces.
Turin has a socially inclusive and bottom-up approach; working with doctors and patients of mental health centres to promote pollinator-friendly spaces across the Living Lab, with a local innovative initiative Farfalle in ToUr. A pollinator garden with an apiary for honey production will be developed on the former industrial site. Learn more here.
Pollinator-friendly plants will be introduced to public park areas, alongside the pollinator friendly food forest and accessible green corridors and the permaculture orchard in the Living Lab. A local association Naturfelder has been established to identify suitable areas for pollinator habitats and their implementation.
By running workshops for schools and the local community, Cascais will increase awareness of the importance of pollinators in the local ecosystem, encourage beekeeping and the reduction of pesticide-use.
Piraeus will involve the local community in pollinator monitoring, protection and fostering throughout its green corridors.
Prof. Simona Bonelli (University of Turin), proGIreg's pollinator expert, explains how cities can make the urban green more attractive to butterflies and bees: