Because of COVID emergency a project extension was requested and accepted, which moved the project deadline to 31/08/2023.
Political elections were held on 2022 but after these the municipality was a commissioned. Following the commissioning, an active relationship was created with the Prefectural Commissioner which allowed for a smooth flow of activities and new vigour was given to the partnership with a series of meetings with the political administration which took place at the end of 2021.
The design of the demonstration sites was developed by the MUA with the involvement of Ce.R.S.I.Te.S., Roffredo Caetani Foundation, Circeo National Park, Tesserae and Labirinto. Among the demonstration sites, six were chosen where the planned interventions are being implemented and will be completed by the end of the Upper project. A project sheet was produced for each chosen demonstration site, describing the green and blue infrastructure already present before the intervention, the plant species and green infrastructure that will be installed, and the expected environmental results.
Some activities have been rescheduled in the light of the contingent situation and the national legislation on the subject of tenders for services and works. The sharp increase of prices recorded in the construction sector has lead to the impossibility to complete all the Productive Parks as previously planned, only PP1 (Campo Boario) and PP2 (Roccagorga) will be delivered while PP3 (Via Massaro) has been removed.
Other activities lagged behind due to the postponement of the implementation of the productive parks and the realization of the demonstration sites.
New demonstration sites located along the banks of the Canale Acque Medie have been included with a planning hypothesis called "Progetto Canale Acque Medie", which is linked to the Productive Park 1 and the demonstration site in Piazza Ilaria Alpi. The project constitutes a reference for further interventions that the MUA may develop in the future by finding new funding and provides an example for citizens, policymakers, and local stakeholders of how to design green areas using NBS to tackle environmental challenges and restore local ecosystems in the Pontine plain area.
During the period covered by the journal (Januray 2021 – October 2022), 150-hours (Sep-Nov 2021) training of the first group of participants was run by Fondazione Caetani who carried out the training activities and managed the logistical organization, while Labirinto carried out the monitoring and evaluation of the programme, providing psychological support to the participants while reporting problems and risks. 14 participants completed the training programme and were admitted to the internship. The second group of participants was selected by Labirinto through a public call drafted in close collaboration with the MUA following the Regional law on training internships. A group of 9 participants was selected and started its training period of 150 hours (Apr–Jun 2022) delivered by Fondazione Caetani. Only 3 participants completed the training.
The participants admitted to the job period were merged into a single group of 14 people which signed the temporary job contact and started the internship in Sep 2022 with the administrative support of the external service providers “Latina Formazione e Lavoro”. During this internship MUA organized the work of the participants within public green areas, with specific regard to the implementation of the NBA in the demonstration sites of the Upper project, also making use of the support of the external service providers “Nemesi Aces” for the tutoring. During the internship, Labirinto continued its monitoring and support activity to the participants.
The internship activities for both courses are about to end and the communication and territorial animation activities are also proceeding regularly. During this internship MUA organized the work of the participants within public green areas, with specific regard to the implementation of the NBA in the demonstration sites of the Upper project.
During the last period the programme of nature based social services and edutainment activities “Upper Seeds” was carried out and completed by Labirinto in collaboration with the wider group of stakeholders. The activities were run in the green areas trough the Pacts of Collaboration as well as in the area of the Productive Park 1. In particular, the second edition of Upper Seeds for schools was implemented with the involvement of three schools (Sept-June 2022) and the second edition of Upper Seeds Estate was run in the Summer period (June – September 2022) to involve adults, children and families from the whole city, with a focus on two neighbourhoods of interest for the Upper project, namely Piazza Ilaria Alpi and Area Mercato.
At the end of the activity, it was delivered: 20 hours a week of free activities on average; 15 types of activities addressed to schools; 9 types of activities for citizens during the summer period (considering also two types of laboratories organized with the support of the wider group of stakeholder “Rugby in Piazza” and “Musileggiamo”).
The activity involved: 1641 direct participating students, including children with disabilities; 253 direct participating citizens outside the schools (of which 183 minors, 12 elderly); 5000 indirect beneficiaries (minimum estimated). A detailed report of the activities and results obtained was produced by Labirinto.
Ce.R.S.I.Te.S., in cooperation with the MUA and partners Labirinto and Tesserae, organized the second face-to-face information meeting with citizens, policymakers and local stakeholders to provide advice and guidance in the design of green areas through the use of NBS.
The partners have consulted entrepreneurs, managers and representatives of the floriculture sector and are currently defining together with the MUA (Public Works Service and Tender Office) business models and PPPP scheme design for the sustainability of the productive parks. In particular, in the course of 2022, Innovaction Europe carried out the first phase of the project by meeting in virtual form potential entrepreneurs interested in developing business ideas in the NBS sector. A data set was collected to provide description of the proposed business ideas. Moreover Cersites together with Innovaction Europe organize on line meeting with a wide participation of companies, entrepreneurs and experts potentially interested in the NBS venture.
All the partners continued the study on the main characteristics of the floriculture sector, namely: the main actors, the needs and behaviours of the markets, the business models, the supply chain model and its strengths and weaknesses.
In order to know the needs of the entrepreneurs operating in the NBS sector, virtual meetings were organized. This made it possible to align the new design phases with the needs that emerged, in order to make the challenge between business ideas more interesting and participatory.
The relative regulation is being elaborated and will be contained in deliverable D6.3.1 which will include the definition of the selection criteria, the preparation of the call and all the promotional material necessary to launch the challenge. It will be provided by Ce.R.Si.Te.S in collaboration with Innovaction Europe and Lazio innova by 28/2/2023. The lengthening of the completion time for this deliverable is motivated by the need to carry out the challenge when the works in the three productive parks are advanced.
The procedure of Parks construction is divided into a first phase of research and procurement of engineering and architectural services for the design, construction supervision services and testing services, as well as a second phase for works procurement.
The final project to be approved by the City Council is being delivered. Subsequently, an executive project will be drafted on the basis of which the tender for the works will be carried out.
Regarding the first installation of the plants in the demonstration sites activities are proceeding with the installation of the plant species purchased to implement in the five demonstration sites what was established in Deliverable D4.2.2 Design of Demonstration Sites.