Zadar, Croatia, shares its nature-based solutions strategy with other European cities

The city of Zadar recently presented its Nature-Based Solutions Strategy and its Green Cadastre during a study tour in the city organised as part of the Covenant of Mayors Twinning Programme. The municipal team of the Croatian Covenant town, Zadar, welcomed their peers from the Italian town of Udine on 28th-29th November 2019.

This Programme offers cities, regions and provinces across Europe the opportunity to take part in twinning exchanges that aim to increase the capacity and knowledge of local authorities to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

During the study visit, the project partners from Zadar and visitors from Udine shared some of the best practices and good examples in their cities. As one of its good examples, Zadar presented its Nature-Based Solutions Strategy, which is delivered through GrowGreen. The Strategy defines climate projections for Zadar and the likely impacts of climate change on different sectors, including coastal management, spatial planning, biodiversity protection and others. A set of proposed measures define how nature-based solutions should be used for adaptation and mitigation of climate change. The draft plan was put out for consultation earlier this year, and has since been revised to its current form.  Zadar also presented its Green Cadastre, a pilot project that is also delivered through GrowGreen. The Green Cadastre maps green areas in the southern part of the city, with a goal of using it as a platform for intelligently managing these areas.

The Nature-Based Solutions Strategy for Zadar was also presented to representatives of the INTENSIFY Interreg project on achieving carbon reductions through community engagement. The nine cities involved in this project, including Zadar and the project leader, Almada, Portugal, will develop a Regional Action Plan for carbon reduction measures and strategies. The cities visited Zadar on 21st-22nd October 2019 to share their experiences with carbon reduction actions.