Research by academics and students from five countries on solutions to sustainable development
ReNature, a project coordinated by the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology, will bring together academics and students from five countries to carry out research and find natural solutions for the strengthening of sustainable development and to address climate change.
Dr Mario Balzan, lecturer at the Institute for Applied Sciences, said that the project will offer infrastructural solutions which do not leave negative impacts on the environment.
“We are speaking about urban spaces; urban trees, green roofs and walls – a number of such solutions that bring along biodiversity in our cities and towns; and at the same time we are contributing to a better life for society”.
Dr Balzan added that between 1980 and 2010, Europe lost three hundred billion euro due to climate change and during the same period, some 75,000 persons died as a result of strong heat. He stated that environmental solutions lead to a reduction in floods and decrease the environmental impacts of urbanization.
Education Minister Evarist Bartolo said that solutions should be part of the drafting of the plan for sustainable development.
ReNature is a one million euro investment, financed by the EU’s Horizon 2022 programme. MCAST will collaborate in the project with the Trinity College Dublin, Trento University and the University of East Anglia.