Enhancing Resilience of Urban Ecosystems through Green Infrastructure


Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology


funded by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission


12/2016 - 11/2018


EnRoute is a project funded by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, taking 24 months, from Dec. 2016 to Nov. 2018. It is vital to test the MAES indicator framework (Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services) in different cities across Europe. This project aims at enhancing knowledge of structure and functions of urban Green Infrastructure (uGI) and how it can be used in policy. EnRoute will promote the application of uGI at local level. It will deliver guidance on the creation, management and governance of uGI. Essential to the EU Urban Agenda, it will illustrate how collaboration between and across different policy levels can lead to concrete uGI policy setting, respecting the subsidiarity principle.

The approach is built on the following lines of focus:

  • Implementing and testing the urban MAES framework to map urban ecosystems and green infrastructure.
    NOTE: MAES indicators will be applied a European scale, tested at local scale.
  • Establishing a science-policy to examine the potential of urban GI as a catalyst for engagement in increasing urban resilience.
  • Networking to exchange experiences and knowledge on mapping, assessment, valuation and implementation of uGI, urban biodiversity and urban ecosystem services (communities of practice).

The EnRoute-team consists of scientists and practitioners from 19 cities across Europe and is led by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. For the Leipzig case study, the City of Leipzig is responsible, represented by the Department of Urban Green Areas and Watercourses. It is scientifically supported by Prof. Dieter Rink and Dr. Ellen Banzhaf , UFZ.