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Operandum: OPEn-air laboRAtories for Nature baseD solUtions to Manage environmental risks

Operandum: Open-air laboratories for nature based solutions to manage environmental risks

OPERANDUM project aims to develop a set of innovative nature based solutions for the mitigation of the impact caused by various natural hazards. Results of OPERANDUM will contribute to the global acceptance of ecosystem services and nature based solutions for disaster risk reduction and will facilitate the adoption of new policies for the reduction of hydro-meteorological risks in rural and natural territories.

Overall Ambition: OPERANDUM intends to provide science-based evidence for the usability of nature based solutions for disaster risk reduction at local, regional and global scales. OPERANDUM will identify strategic path-ways for the acceptance and promotion of ecosystem services and nature based solutions in a multi-stakeholder environment. OPERANDUM will propose good practices for their design, upscaling and replication in and outside Europe.
Specific Objectives: OPERANDUM is constructed around five specific objectives addressing the main gaps in terms of knowledge, innovation, social/cultural acceptance, market opportunity and policy

  1. Integration of knowledge about nature based solutions efficacy against hydro-meteorological risks,
  2. Strengthen technology innovation in the area of nature based solutions,
  3. Improvement of acceptance of nature based implementation,
  4. Enhancement of market demand and increase of competitiveness of nature based solutions,
  5. Strengthening the adoption of nature based solutions in policies for disaster risk reduction and land planning
Map: Open Air Laboratories and Partner Countries

Duration: July 2018 - June 2022 (4 years)
Open air laboratories: The core of OPERANDUM is the establishment of novel open-air laboratories (OALs), an approach that uses the living-labs concepts for natural and rural areas to promote innovation and research development. OALs allow gemming of new services/systems/products and business opportunities and fostering residents participation in the conceptualization and testing.
Seven European Open air laboratories:

  •  Po Valley (Italy)
  •  Lake Puruvesi (Finland)
  •  Flusslandschaft Elbe UNESCO Biosphere Reserve (Germany)
  •  Spercheios River (Greece)
  •  Vögelsberg (Austria)
  •  Catterline (UK)
  •  Dodder River (Republic of Ireland)
Three non-European Open air laboratories:

  •  Shiyang River Watershed (China)
  •  Hong Kong New territories (China)
  •  Weany Creek sub-catchment (Australia)
Partners: OPERANDUM’s multi-disciplinary consortium consists of 26 partners coming from 13 European and non-European countries (Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Slovakia, Spain, United Kingdom and Australia and China). The project is led by University of Bologna. UNESCO is one of main partners, in particular in charge of activities related to international cooperation and capacity building.

  •  ALMA MATER STUDIORUM-University of Bologna (UNIBO, Italy) - LEAD
  •  Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU, United Kingdom)
  •  Technische Universiteit Delft (TUD, Netherlands)
  •  University College Dublin, National University Of Ireland, Dublin (UCD, Ireland)
  •  University of Glasgow (UoG, United Kingdom)
  •  University of Hong Kong (UHK, China)
  •  University of the Sunshine Coast (USC, Australia)
  •  University of Surrey (UoS, United Kingdom)

Research centres and institutes:

  •  Centro Italiano Ricerche Aerospaziali Scpa (CIRA, Italy)
  •  Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute (CAR, China)
  •  Fondazione Centro Euro-Mediterraneo Sui Cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC, Italy)
  •  Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Zentrum Fur Material- Und Küstenforschung Gmbh (HZG, Germany)
  •  Ilmatieteen Laitos (FMI, Finland)
  •  Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth - Chinese Academy of Science (RADI, China)
  •  Luonnonvarakeskus (LUKE, Finland)
  •  Oesterreichische Akademie Der Wissenschaften (OEAW, Austria)
Public institutions, local and regional authorities:

  •  Agenzia Regionale per la Prevenzione, L'ambiente e l'energia Dell'emilia-Romagna (ARPAE, Italy)
  •  Dublin City Council (DCC, Ireland)
  •  Perifereia Stereas Elladas (PSTE, Greece)

Private companies and SMEs

  •  Kajo Sro (KAJO, Slovakia)
  •  Kentro Kainotomon Technologion Ae (KKT-ITC Rina Consulting Spa (Rina-C,Greece)
  •  Pno Consultants Bv (PNO, Netherlands)
  •  Sweco Gmbh (SWECO, Germany)
  •  Naturalea Conservacio, Sl (NAT, Spain)

International organisation

  •  United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO, France)
This web page has been prepared in the framework of the European project OPERANDUM – OPEn-air laboRAtories for Nature baseD solUtions to Manage environmental risks. This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No776848. The sole responsibility for the content of this web page lies with the authors. It does not necessarily represent the opinion of the European Union. Neither the EASME nor the European Commission is responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.

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