This is the third journal of the Smart Post-Industrial Regenerative Ecosystem (SPIRE) project since its creation on 1st September 2019. The reclaiming and enhancing of Baia Mare's green infrastructure, linked to health and wellbeing, is now focused on the bio-based possibilities for business and products derived from the harvesting materials the sites will produce, with the final aim to boost the city's economy.
During the third year of the project's implementation, the city has continued its transition from its past as Romania's mining capital towards a new sustainable development model. Romplumb, Ferneziu, Colonia Topitorilor, Urbis, and Craica are the five pilot sites being reclaimed in the city that will be integrated into the future network of healthy natural and semi-natural areas within the BM 2050 Master Plan sustainable use of land strategy. An iGIS smart platform has been created to gather data and information and to show and monitor the results from the phytoremediation technics in the pilot sites.
The municipality keeps working towards raising awareness and commitment among the population to the dangers of pollution and the need to decontaminate the sites. To support and enhance this participatory approach, the City of Baia Mare has become a facilitator of the iLEU reward system (a digital token) to sponsor environmental-friendly actions and initiatives, both public and private. Additionally, a Start-Ups Mentoring Programme is ongoing, now complemented by lateral activities led by the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca - North University Centre of Baia Mare-Faculty of Science in collaboration with the Association of Maramures Entrepreneurs.
The SPIRE project collects lessons learnt to support future interventions in sites contaminated by Heavy Metals that want to apply phytoremediation technics to the soil. These experiences already provide insights that allow the project to enable new and alternative urban governance models for the future. It also will significantly help cities that need more comprehensive policies related to resilience and innovation.
- City of Baia Mare
- Urbasofia SRL
- Indeco Soft
- Transilvania Branch of the Romanian Association for Electronic Industry and Software (ARIES Transilvania)
- Baia Mare Metropolitan Area
- University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Cluj-Napoca (USAMV)
- Green Energy Association (GEA)
This journal presents a detailed analysis of the UIA challenges in the SPIRE project, measuring their risk from low to high. The participative approach and cross-department working present a low risk in implementation. Medium risk is identified for leadership, monitoring and evaluation, and communication. Finally, high risk is present for public procurement challenges and upscaling.