HEART, HEAlthier Cities through Blue-Green Regenerative Technologies: the HEART Approach, aims to systematically improve urban health and reduce health disparities through the innovative Blue-Green-based solutions of urban planning that embrace and promote health and wellbeing as a key-planning criterion.
HEART kicked off in March 2021 and is set to last until February 2025. The project consortium, 19 partners from 8 European countries, is made up of organisations and experts with extensive backgrounds in research and development but also in the business domain, including public health and wellbeing, urban and environmental planning, monitoring/big data and information and communications technologies. The project budget is 4.9 million EUR, provided under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
HEART is part of the European urban health cluster.
Objectives and methodology
HEART’s integrated approach aims to significantly improve urban health and reduce health disparities through an innovative urban planning methodology that embraces and promotes the policymaking of proper Blue-Green-based technologies with techniques for changing individual citizens’ behaviour. HEART’s target is to monitor and efficiently assess the impact of specific Blue-Green-based interventions on public health and wellbeing through studies to be carried out in clinical and non-clinical settings in three European cities: Belgrade (Serbia), Aarhus (Denmark) and Athens (Greece).
These studies will produce the data showcasing the effects of various Blue-Green solutions on public health and wellbeing, which will be fundamental in creating evidence-based policy recommendations addressed to the relevant stakeholders in the three case study countries.
EHMA’s role in the project
EHMA’s role within the project will be focused on stakeholder engagement and dissemination activities. EHMA will raise awareness of the project, informing key stakeholders and society at large about its outputs. Through its activities, EHMA will create a culture that encourages the future appropriation of the project results by the target groups in a sustainable and lasting manner.