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Detailed description of the Good Practice

For a long time, the Augustenborg district in the Southern Swedish city og Malmö has been characterised by poverty and delapidation. Most of today’s residents are immigrants, and at the most, well over half of them have been unemployed. In 1998, however, the Malmö authorities launched a social and ecological renewal project - "Eco-City Augustenborg". It has led to a revival with physical improvements to public buildings and green spaces, new meeting-places and ecological features from waste sepration and composting to a car sharing scheme (with electric cars).

One measure that has attracted a lot of attention is the green roofs on many of the buildings. 9000 square metres of roffs are now covered by turf, moss and wildflowers. This is the largest area of green roofs in Scandinavia, and has been the subject of scientific research. The research confirms that turf roofs do not just look good and promote biodiversity - they also provide heat and sound insulation and help clean the air. Besides, they reduce the risk of flooding by storm water, which has been a frequent problem in Augustenborg. Other measures as well have been put in place to reduce the danger of flooding, including a system of surface channels that lead water to storage ponds - also assets in themselves to the local environment.

The residents of Augustenborg now aim to recycle, re-use or compost 90 per cent of all the waste they generate. Total resource consumption, inclyding that of water and energy, is to be cut by 20 per cent. The road system has been resigned som that drivers must adapt to the needs of pedestrians and cyclists - not the other way around. Pupils from the Augustenborg school have mad a "Green Map" of the district, including features of importance to children as well as those of environmental interest.

sustainable consumption

Objectives of the Good Practice

to revive with physical improvements public buildings and green spaces, new meeting-places and introduce ecological features from waste sepration and composting to a car sharing scheme

Participants of the Good Practice

citizens of Malmö
city of Malmö

Target group of the Good Practice

citizens of Malmö

Funding of the Good Practice

City of Malmö and central government subsidy (Local Investment Programme)

More Details of the Good Practice

Documentation and documents

Stiftelsen Idebanken http://idebanken.no/english/Goodexamples/hoved.html

Available files

Contact details

Trevor Graham
Ekostaden Augustenborg (Eco-City Augustenborg)
Address Augustenborgsgården, Ystadvägen 52, S-214 45 Malmö
Telephone +46-40-34 74 34
Telefax +46-40-34 74 35
E-mail trevor.graham@malmo.se
WEB-address http://www.ekostaden.com/

Data sources and references

Stiftelsen Idebanken
http://idebanken.no/english/Goodexamples/hoved.html (Accessed April 9, 2009)