Thanks to the work done together with the project partners, UPPER has already achieved the following objectives:
- CONSTITUTION OF A BANK OF GREEN AREAS
The Municipality of Latina with the participation of Labirinto Social Cooperative and the Circeo National Park has created the catalogue of public and private green areas in the city (courtyards, gardens, parks…) with the aim to promote and support the development of NBS through recreational activities based on nature and planting of species in accordance with the creation of the production parks under construction. In this way, it has been possible to increase the availability for citizens of safe and accessible green areas in an urban context, that has grown rapidly, and is therefore linked to unregulated land use, which has given rise to overcrowded neighbourhoods with insufficient green areas or in other to vast uncultivated wastelands.
- AWARENESS RAISING AND INVOLVEMENT OF CITIZENS ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
All the design and management activities of the green areas of the Productive Parks have been done with the active participation of the citizens through the UPPER CITY LAB, co-design workshops on the territory organized by the project partner Tesserae Urban Social Research with the participation of the neighbourhood associations and other stakeholders. The goal was to involve the local community to promote the understanding of some innovative tools, such as the use of NBS in urban areas, in order to promote their transformations. The participatory methodology has made it possible to bring out the needs of the neighbourhoods, ideas and suggestions to enrich the feasibility study drawn up by the administration planners.
All the work was then shared on the social channels through the UPPER STORIES to give greater dissemination to the proposals developed and to collect even more extensive feedback.
- INCREASING THE WELL-BEING OF CITIZENS
During the project, the Labirinto Social Cooperative in collaboration with the Municipality of Latina, some third sector bodies and neighbourhood associations gave life to the co-planning and implementation of the UPPER SEEDS, moments of aggregation of citizens to carry out playful activities, educational, sporting, social and cultural activities based on contact with urban nature and on the transformation and care of green spaces in the city. The monitoring and evaluation surveys of the activities found that most of the participants developed a greater sense of well-being deriving from contact with the greenery and a greater sense of belonging to the neighbourhood and the city, and promoting a more participatory and aware way of living the city.
- REDUCTION OF SOCIAL EXCLUSION AND THE RISK OF POVERTY FOR MARGINALIZED PEOPLE
The UPPER JOBS training and work programme, promoted by the Municipality of Latina in collaboration with the Labirinto Social Cooperative, the Roffredo Caetani Foundation and Latina Formazione Lavoro SRL, has made it possible to address a series of major socio-economic challenges for the city of Latina, which emerged during the analysis of the context, such as the high rate of youth unemployment, the illegal exploitation of migrants and the social exclusion of ethnic minorities or people with disabilities.
The 150-hour training course followed by a 6-month professional internship allowed two groups of 25 participants from very heterogeneous target groups in terms of place of origin, personal abilities, age and school education, to form new multidisciplinary skills within a protected context.
The "operators of urban production parks" therefore assume a double value for the social incubator, on the one hand to reduce the level of inactivity, unemployment and the risk of poverty for vulnerable groups and on the other, to train new skills in the field of care and management of the greenery and production parks for the city of Latina.
- STRENGTHENING OF INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY
The agreements for the expansion of the green areas, as well as the co-planning and co-design workshops with associations and citizens, or even the seminars with the business sector to define shared strategies for investments in NBS, have made it possible to increase the capacity of local administrators to create multi-level partnerships (People-Private-Public-Partnership) to improve, manage and guarantee the long-term sustainability of the green and blue infrastructures of the city of Latina.
The Production Park 2 of Via Roccagorga, which intends to integrate the production area of plant species with the spaces dedicated to cultural, social and recreational activities in contact with nature, will give continuity to the objectives already launched by the UPPER initiatives.