HEART – HEAlthier Cities through Blue-Green Regenerative Technologies

Programme: Horizon 2020
Project Status: ONGOING (March 2021 – February 2025)

What aims and scope

To systematically improve urban health and reduce health disparities via innovative Blue-Green-Solution-based implementation mechanisms of urban planning that embrace and promote health and wellbeing as a key planning criterion. 

How it will become possible 

The consortium will use medical evidence in clinical and non-clinical settings. For each case study, medical and social experts of the consortium under the supervision of the local medical centres will select 800 individuals.

Most of the recruited persons to participate in the demonstration phase will be equipped with the proposed wearable devices. HEART will follow a technical process that includes various pieces of information from medical data in non-clinical settings. The HEART project will also take advantage of additional sources from existing environmental sensors (through the participating city/regional authorities and health institutes), satellite/remote-sensing data and European services like Copernicus.

The project will then process all information in the data management tool, which includes advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques, modules and other tools. 

This approach will invite the production of evidence to support the effects of various Blue-Green Solutions on public health and well-being.  

Where EHMA will deliver

EHMA will focus on stakeholder engagement and dissemination activities. 

Through various activities, we will raise awareness of the project and inform key stakeholders and society at large about its outputs. We will also foster a culture that encourages the target groups’ future appropriation of the project results for much time to come. 


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Upon project completion, you will have access to innovative urban planning methodologies that can serve as fundamental standards for the future design of urban districts and the regeneration of urban environments, especially those that have been neglected.

You will be able to share these delineated approaches with health, city, regional authorities to help influence policymaking decisions and actions.


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