Who we are

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The following section presents our consortium: an alliance of universities and businesses whose aim is to deliver a new approach to urban forestry.

Ente Regionale per i Servizi all’Agricoltura e alle Foreste (ERSAF) is an instrumental body of the Lombardy Region, in charge of carrying out technical and promotional activities for the development of the agricultural and forestry sectors and for the rural territory. With reference to the forestry sector, ERSAF oversees the management and enhancement of the regional forest lands and supports forest nurseries and the biodiversity research system.

Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI) is a world class university for Architecture, Design and Engineering. The POLIMI is one of the most outstanding technical Universities in Europe. Founded in 1863, in many disciplines, it is regarded as a leading research institution worldwide. Thanks to a strong internationalization policy, almost all programs at the master levels are taught entirely in English, attracting an increasing number of talented foreign students, from more than 100 different countries. Teaching is increasingly related to research, a key commitment that enables to achieve results of high international standards, while creating connections with the business world.

Etifor | Valuing Nature is a highly specialized consulting firm providing solutions to the main socio-economic challenges within development and nature conservation projects. As spin-off company of the University of Padua (Italy) Etifor’s team works with a strong scientific approach, using innovative social and technological techniques, while ensuring the good governance and implementation of our proposed solutions. Their work leads to improving the economic, environmental and social benefits of policies, projects and investments for private corporations, civil society organizations and national governments.

The European Forest Institute (EFI) is a pan-European international organisation. It has 28 Member Countries, and 110-member organisations from 37 different countries. EFI provides forest-related knowledge around three interconnected and interdisciplinary themes: bioeconomy, resilience and governance. With a staff of over 100 experts in several offices across Europe, EFI is in a unique position to generate, connect and share knowledge at the interface between practice, science and policy.

The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) is a multidisciplinary campus-based University, hosting an overall amount of 34.080 students (2016-17) among graduate, postgraduate, master and doctorate students. The UAB plays a worldwide leading role in scientific research and its wide range of disciplines, in both education and research. It holds a leading position in the most prestigious and influential international university rankings and collaborates with universities all over the world, in order to facilitate exchanges and joint projects for students and researchers.

CREAF is a public research and innovation centre in terrestrial ecology, territorial analysis and environmental impact and aims to contribute to improving the conservation and management of our natural environment and territory on the local, regional and global scales by acting as a bridge between academia, public administrations and society and by action within its spheres of action. The priority research lines include: biodiversity and ecosystem services; functional diversity and global change; citizen’s science; landscape analysis and geographical information systems.

AGRESTA is focused on providing technology and innovation services in the forestry and environmental sectors. Its main products and services are: Forest resource management, Forest carbon consulting, Remote Sensing and LiDAR technology, Natural Environment Engineering, Environmental assessments, Geographic Information Systems & GPS, Web and mobile based applications and Training. AGRESTA has a firm commitment to use open-source software and training as two important tools to develop forestry sectors and promote the conservation and sustainable management of natural resources.

Transilvania University of Brașov (UNITBV) is the largest university in the Central Region of Romania, with more than 19,000 students and about 1,300 permanent staff members. The university has the largest research institute owned by a Romanian university. It is also a national leader in providing education and research in forestry and biodiversity conservation of forest ecosystems through its Faculty of Forestry. UNITBV is a member of the International Union of Forestry Research Organisations (IUFRO), Open Innovation Academic Network, Enterprise Europe Network.

Forest Design is a Romanian company founded in 2004 which provides design and consulting services primarily in the forestry (forest management planning, ecological restoration, land reclamation) and related areas (biodiversity, recreation, web-mapping, GIS, monitoring forest habitats). 

Trinity College Dublin is committed to excellence in both research and teaching, to the enhancement of the learning experience of each of its students and to an inclusive Trinity community with equality of access for all. Trinity School of Natural Sciences is engaged in some of the major challenges facing human society through our teaching, research and partnership with industry and policy development both nationally and globally, especially with regard to nature-based solutions for building urban resilience. 

The Nature Based Solutions Institute is an SME founded in 2019 which provides services in the areas of research, development, training, and policy advice within the fields of urban forestry and nature-based solutions. NBSI aims to support the greening of cities with the best available knowledge and practice. NBSI is based in Sweden but operates globally.

Green City Watch builds greener, smarter cities using geospatial AI and data-driven urban ecology. Their suite of products drives evidence-based urban green space management with near-real time (geo) data on irrigation, ecological hotspots, and standing water and flooding. Their mission is to revolutionise the way we value nature, bring transparency to local government, and regenerate our cities.