GrowGreen 3rd General Assembly

From 20 to 27 May 2021, the 3rd General Assembly of the GrowGreen project took place virtually. Hosted by the Comune di Modena (a GrowGreen city partner), the assembly gathered all project partners and cities to come together and discuss the project’s progress, learnings, updates and next steps.

The city of Modena took the meeting participants on a virtual tour through their urban landscape, showing the environmental projects taking place and highlighting the city’s sustainability efforts. Modena is developing a new strategic approach for Nature-based Solutions in the particular context of its UNESCO World Heritage status.

Using zoom, online surveys, video and discussion boards, the 3rd GA allowed project partners to review activities from the past year, including presentations by related  collaborators such as UnaLab on the new EU handbook ‘Evaluating the impact of nature-based solutions’, a publication towards which GrowGreen contributed.

The meeting further focused on key elements of the project such as the business case for Nature-based Solutions, key performance indicators for the project, tools for cost-benefit evaluation, monitoring and communications. Towards its closure, participants were able to vote and decided upon the city of Portland (US) to feature as the next virtual GrowGreen city visit.

The 3 half-day meeting also marked the departure of Jonny Sadler from the Manchester Climate Change Agency who coordinated the GrowGreen project from its inception. He will be missed by all project partners and gratitude was expressed for his excellent work.

The meeting closed with a vote to extend the project to December 2022 (an extension of 6 months) due to delays caused by the COVID19 pandemic, which was unanimously approved. An official extension request will now be sent to the EU Commission for approval.