SATURN grant information:

Funding: EIT-Climate KIC

Call: Climate Innovation Ecosystems 2/2018

Coordinator: Alessandro Gretter

Total project cost: 1.492.303,75 euro

Timeframe: 01.11.2018 - 31.10.2021

University/Department: Fondazione Edmund Mach, Research and Innovation Centre

Partners: Fondazione Edmund Mach, Birmingham municipality, Climate KIC, Gothenburg municipality, Hub Innovazione Trentino, University of Trento


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System and sustainable Approach to virTuous interaction

of Urban and Rural LaNdscapes



Today, the fragmented landscape management governance leads to uncompleted climate strategies where cities are analysed independently from their natural landscape. This leads to a bad management of the city surrounding lands which have good carbon sequestration, food and biomass production and risk mitigation potential. This project is based on the experience of 3 cities forming the consortium: Trento (Italy), Birmingham (UK) and Gothenburg (Sweden) and it aims to reintegrate the natural assets within the city climate change impact strategy and to expand and feed its model by creating a wider initiative.



The objectives of the projects are threefold:

  • Establish  a strong narrative with public and private stakeholders in order to reconnect them with their landscape identity and geographical (urban, rural, regional, territorial) characteristics. The project will involve more than 50 stakeholders coming from different sectors and territories;
  • Build up a comprehensive and flexible framework to guide cities to implement adapted projects about multi-functional use at different scale on the land surrounding the cities, taking into account land use assets and the cultural identity in their surrounding landscape. It will include tools and metrics to support decision making;
  • Make the initiative economically sustainable and scalable through scouting actions of funding and collaboration opportunities and the creation of comprehensive tools and initiatives for capacity building.




See the webinar held in December 2022 and the brochure, elaborated by the EU Horizon Booster Results Team, presenting the main results of the project: