Title: Inclusive health and wellbeing in small and medium size cities
Funding source: EU H2020 project, Grant Agreement No. 869227.
Implementation period: 1.09.2020.–31.08.2025.
Coordinator: Universidad de Cordoba (Spain).
Latvian partners: "Baltic Studies Centre", Riga Planning region, "BC manufaktura" Ltd.
In-HABIT aims to foster Inclusive Health and Wellbeing (IHW) in four peripheral small and medium size cities (SMSCs) - Cordoba (Spain), Riga (Latvia), Lucca (Italy) and Nitra (Slovakia). In each city, the project will mobilise existing undervalued resources (culture, food, human-animal bonds and environment) to increase IHW, with a focus on gender and diversity. The integrated approach is based on the combination of technological, digital, nature based, cultural, and social innovations in selected urban areas to develop those areas in high quality, multifunctional, public spaces. These solutions will be co-designed, co-deployed and co-managed in public-private-people partnerships with involvement of local stakeholders. The effects on mental health, wellbeing and healthier lifestyles of these solutions will be evaluated and a sound scalable evidence-base and monitoring framework delivered. A systemic urban planning framework will be developed based on innovative gender and diversity approaches to boost IHW. IN-HABIT will base its actions on underserved areas and vulnerable target groups existing in each city (such as, children, elders, women, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities), and on the integration of ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ visionary solutions articulated around heritage and culture (a nexus for inclusive societies), food (nurturing daily healthier lifestyles), animals (human-animal bonds as new relational urban goods) and art and environment (connecting places and people). Bogotá city (Colombia), as well as other cities represented in the project’s consortium, will share know-how and replicate experiences. The project will last five years. It will help European cities become world ambassadors of sustainable lifestyles, providing universal access to greener, safe, inclusive and accessible public spaces.
More information in the press release.
See project website: https://www.inhabit-h2020.eu/