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Horizon Europe CARDIMED Project Kicks Off!

On September 27th 2023, the CARDIMED project “Climate Adaptation and Resilience Demonstrated In the MEDiterranean region” held its physical 3-day kick-off meeting (KoM) in Athens, Greece. From eBOS Mrs. Georgia Papaparaskeva (R&D Project Manager) participated in the KoM, led by Dr. Simos Malamis, representing the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), as the coordinator of CARDIMED.

The meeting was attended by the project’s 51 consortium partners and included partners’ presentations of the vision and objectives of the project, as well as of an overview of the overall project expectations and guidelines by the European Commission’s Project Officer. Partners also discussed the project’s work plan, tasks, challenges, risks identified and implementation schedules.

CARDIMED is a part of the EU mission on adaptation to climate change. More specifically, CARDIMED will introduce a framework to build Climate Resilience in the Mediterranean biogeographical region, efficiently unifying individual efforts of regions and communities across different countries and continents.

This will be achieved by deploying the digital infrastructure to harmonise the data collection and evaluation processes, providing open data to all the actors involved in the Nature-based Solutions (NBS) value chain and integrating crucial functions for Climate Resilience. Among these functions, smart digital tools for citizen participation and capacity building will supplement an ambitious multi-stakeholder engagement strategy, focused on knowledge translation and impact pathways.

Furthermore, holistic modelling tools introducing the Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems (WEFE) Nexus approach will provide comprehensive knowledge on the complex NBS interfaces, that will decisively contribute to addressing socio-ecological challenges, along with issues of valuation and low-investment rate in NBS. These actions will be implemented across 9 demonstration sites, composed of 10 regions, 20 locations and 28 communities and comprising 47 NBS that directly relate to 83 interventions and supporting units that tackle climate change and circularity challenges.

The consolidation of the demonstrating regions and communities will establish the CARDIMED Resilience Alliance, which will function as the vehicle for expanding the network via upscaling the existing sites and adding new ones. The project includes 5 transferability cases, as well as an additional 10 that will be defined during the implementation. Through these actions, the CARDIMED Resilience Alliance will achieve at least 28 regions and 70 communities by 2030, will create 8000 jobs, especially in the NBS sector, and will leverage over 450 M€ in climate investment.

In CARDIMED, eBOS will lead the implementation, validation, and demonstration of 4 Nature-based and circular solutions in Nicosia, Cyprus, by collaborating effectively with five other partners of the CARDIMED project: IRIDRA, The National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Hydraspis, Gardens Of The Future (GOTF), Nicosia Municipality (MNC).

More specifically, DEMO 9 “Gardens of the Future in the heart of Nicosia” will demonstrate an array of circular NBS for urban greening, hydroponic food production, phytoplankton water treatment and public space irrigation, in the public spaces of Nicosia (4 sites in total). EBOS will coordinate the interventions. It will install cameras and use AI-based plant growth monitoring to unobtrusively observe vegetable growth. IRIDRA with the contribution of NTUA will design the halophyte system to treat irrigation water and HYDRASPIS will implement a subsurface rainwater harvesting solution. GOFT will implement communal vertical and hydroponic gardens, and tree planting. Smart vertical hydroponic walls will provide new sources of food in the heart of the city, reducing supply chains, fostering food security and nurturing the human-nature interaction in the city. GOTF will utilise the community space that won the Public Vote Award at the New European Bauhaus Prizes 2022 as a common home for sustainability, to co-design the direction of all DEMO 9 NBS and enhance the art of cultivating together the community gardens. MNC will manage alignment and replication.

Nicosia is becoming a front-runner in adaptation capacity to climate change, through initiatives, such as Gardens of the Future. In addition, GOTF is recognised as one of the 1,000 best ideas internationally for climate change. Thus, high interest in replication of DEMO9 interventions is expected, due to high visibility, low cost and effectiveness of the applied solutions that allow scalability. The interventions will contribute to the National Climate and Energy Plan and the Innovation Cyprus strategy (national level) and to a Smart City plan and Nicosia Master plan on a municipal level.

The timeline of DEMO 9 comprises three main phases: (1) The Design, procurement and installation of NBS (Feb 2025) followed by the gradual rolling-out (Aug 2025); (2) The utilization of two annual cycles of DEMO9, the first in August 2026 and the second in August 2027; and (3) the last phase which is about the evaluation of objectives and KPIs (Dec 2028).