Expert article
Modifier 30 July 2021
by Amaya Celaya Alvarez

Re-naturing cities through phytoremediation: How Nature Based Solutions can make a difference.

Phytodegradation - Amaya Celaya Alvarez
One of the essentials of the SPIRE project that appealed all the parties involved from the beginning, as well as the newcomers, is “the magical” ability of plants to extract, stabilize or volatilize Heavy Metals contaminants from soil.

The core proposal relies on phytoremediation technology, a Nature-Based Solution (NSB). SPIRE has examined this green method for the remediation capacity of historic contamination of soil due to Baia Mare‘s industrial past. Based on scientific evidence, this project aims to prove that this long-term action, counting on nature’s restorative capabilities, is not only feasible but preferable compared to other more invasive and expensive methodologies. Alongside this, its potential to be scaled up is promising.

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The local community is actively involved in the re-naturalization of the five selected pilot sites in the city by contributing to the decision process on the transformation of underused urban space into an attractive safe outdoor space through landscaping. 

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What do NBS and phytoremediation technics offer for soil contamination remediation and brownfield development?

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