The pilot site is a high traffic road called Rue D’Argens. Flanked by residential and office buildings on both sides, the road sees constant traffic and has little to no greenery. Part of the site has been earmarked for potential high-rise development and consists of some of Malta’s tallest buildings, including a 18-storey apartments block. Like many roads in Malta, priority is given to parking. Implementation of nature-based solutions will include the installation of a natural playscape at St Clare’s primary school, the greening of a bus stop on Rue D’Argens, the measurement of air quality in the locality and the installation of pop up parks.
The local council is committed to improve air quality through nature-based solutions, envisioning urban regeneration through greening interventions. The pilot site will contribute to the improvement of air quality and reduction of noise pollution, targeting the promotion of a healthy lifestyle (physical activity, recreation, relaxation, sense of safety, psychological benefits).
VARCITIES will finance three Visionnary Solutions.
The local council is also committed to support co-design and transition management approaches for their development, promoting active citizenship, engagement and participation in the implementation of nature-based solutions.
Several workshops were already organised:
- Three workshops with school children to develop the concepts behind the St Clare’s playscape. Through accessible activities children were asked to develop and record their ideas.
- Workshops were also carried out with the teachers and the parents, and at every stage as the designs were developed they were presented to the school.
- Stakeholder workshops were also carried out with local citizens to see what interventions they envision for the wider area.