Renature Training Schools

covid 19 (2021-2022)

Through an interdisciplinary approach, this research explores the role of Nature-based Solution in cities and their planning and governance to design future-proof cities and ensure the well-being of citizens in the time of climate change, demographic growth and pandemic crisis.


European Commission – DG Environment Action (2020-2022)

Aims at establishing and strengthen a scientific and technical Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystem and their Services (MAES) community in the European Overseas (French Guiana, Macaronesia, Reunión Island and South Atlantic), in order to produce good practice guidance and policy recommendations based on the specificities and needs of those regions.

PLANES leads the task related to knowledge sharing and capacity building for ecosystem condition and ecosystem services methods as part of the activity of Method development and Implementation Support.

ES in SEA (Belgium)

European Commission – Horizon 2020 Coordination and Support Action (2018-2021)

Aims to implement a strategy and research cluster to step-up and stimulate scientific excellence and innovation capacity in the area of nature-based solutions. ReNature will develop solutions to tackle environmental challenges through the design of cities that support communities, promote public health, cultural identity and social cohesion.

PLANES is engaged in all project activities, and lead the Work Package on capacity building to promote research excellence.

ES in SEA (TandT)

European Commission – DG Environment Action (2018-2021)

The goal of this action is to implement the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2020 in the Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories of the EU. This involves the Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services (MAES Initiative) and the establishment of a collaborative network of local agents and mainland Europe teams.

PLANES is involved in knowledge sharing through information repository and in outlining a MAES Strategic Plan for the EU Overseas.

Smart information, governance and business innovations for sustainable supply and payment mechanisms for forest ecosystem services

European Commission – Horizon 2020 Innovation Action (2017-2020)

Formulates, assesses, tests, and demonstrates policy and business innovations for the sustainable supply and financing of forest ecosystem services, building on the experiences and networking of six case study regions across Europe where successful ecosystem service governance innovations are initiated.

PLANES leads the Mapping and Assessment of forest ecosystem services at European scale, and contributes to a case study on mountain forest management in the Dolomites.

Enhancing ecoSysteM sERvices mApping for poLicy and Decision mAking

European Commission – Horizon 2020 Coordination and Support Action (2015-2018)

Aims to deliver a flexible methodology for pan-European and regional assessments. This project will identify relevant stakeholders and take stock of their requirements at EU, national and regional levels. The mapping approach proposed will integrate biophysical, social and economic assessment techniques.

PLANES is responsible for WP5 “Testing the final methods in policy- and decision-making”, which identifies case studies and demonstrates how the proposed methods may be used to inform policy and decision-making processes.

CLIMatic change impacts on future Availability of WAter REsources and hydro-geological risk

University of Trento – Internal Research Grant (2015-2016)

Is an interdisciplinary research project. It aims to promote changes in production and consumption patterns, as well as in individual behaviours that climate change mitigation and adaptation require. This project studies the complex interplay between physical and human processes in controlling the distribution, in space and time, of water resources by considering both actual and possible future climatic and societal scenarios.

PLANES’ Davide Geneletti is team leader of task 5, which develops a holistic assessment of key vulnerabilities and compare different scenarios to support decision-making.

Sustainable visitor access to the Dolomites
Unesco Heritage site

Autonomous Province of Trento – Marie Curie Action, European Union’s FP7, COFUND-GA2008-226070 (2011-2014)

The project aims to identify approaches for the sustainable management of protected mountain areas with a focus on the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage Site. It defines strategies of visitor access that preserve environmental quality while ensuring adequate recreational opportunities, through tools that allow administrators and park managers to explore the likely effects of different policies before their actual implementation.