Location: Malmö, Sweden
City population: 306,502
Project duration: 1998 - ongoing
Project cost: Above 4 000 000 EUR
Financing source(s): EU funds, Public national budget, Public local authority's budget, Corporate investment

Eco City Augustenborg

Ekostaden Augustenborg

Ekostaden Augustenborg is the collective name for a program to make Augustenborg into a more socially, economically and environmentally sustainable neighbourhood. Ekostaden Augustenborg is one of Sweden´s largest urban sustainability projects. Aims and implemented measures were based on the wishes of local stakeholders and residents: No more flooding, green roofs, a musical theme playground, an open storm water system.

Urban setting

  • External building greens
    • Green roofs
  • Parks and (semi)natural urban green areas
    • Pocket parks / neighbourhood green spaces
  • Blue areas
    • Lake/pond
  • Green areas for water management
    • Sustainable urban drainage systems

Key challenges

  • Economic development and decent employment (SDG 8)
  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Health and well-being (SDG 3)
  • Inclusive and effective governance (SDG 16)
  • Social justice, cohesion and equity (SDG 10)
  • Water management (SDG 6)

Main beneficiaries

  • Local government/Municipality
  • Private sector/Corporate/Company
  • Researchers/University
  • Citizens or community groups
Project objectives
The objectives of the intervention include (as mentioned) no more flooding, green roofs, open storm water system, a musical theme playground. (Ref. 1) In 2001, the world's first botanical roof garden opened in Augustenborg with the aim of promoting the use of lightweight vegetation layers on roofs in Scandinavia. Creating green roofs in the area also aimed at reclaiming nature and achieving other benefits. (Ref. 1, 2) The goals for the ponds and open water channels are to reduced flooding and increase the attractiveness in the area. It is seen as an integral part of the whole project aimed at social, economic and environmental sustainability. (Ref. 1, 2)
Implementation activities
The storm water system has gone through a major change. Green roofs and open storm water channels leading into ponds have stopped the flooding in the area and have created a beautiful environment and a richer biodiversity. The MKB houses have 2 100 m2 green roofs, apart from the large facility at the Botanical Roof Garden covering 9 000 m2. Parks and traffic areas have been redesigned, the courtyards and the facades have been rebuilt and renewed after input from the residents. New apartments for senior citizens have been built with plenty of activities for the residents. The green areas have increased and have been enriched, without compromising the special style of the fifties. A large solar power station contributes energy to the area. The local school now has sustainable solutions and a local car pool is started. (Ref. 1)

Type of initiating organisation

  • Regional government
  • Local government / municipality

Management set-up

Co-governance or hybrid governance (mix of responsibilities between government and non-government actors)

Participatory approaches/ community involvement

  • Co-planning
  • Taskforce groups
  • Dissemination of information and education
  • Consultation (e.g. workshop, surveys)
  • Joint implementation (e.g. tree planting)
Details on the roles of the organisations involved in the project
Ekostaden has been developed together with the MKB housing company, the Fosie disctrict and technical departments in Malmö. Approximately one fifth of the tenants in the area have participated in dialogue meetings about the project and some have become very active in the development of the area. (Ref. 1)
Project implemented in response to ...
... an EU policy or strategy? Unknown
... a national policy or strategy? Yes
“The Ekostaden project started March 18 1998 when the minister Anna Lindh from the Swedish government announced that Ekostaden Augustenborg was one of the Malmö projects which were granted funding from the government’s Local Investment Programme to make Augustenborg a more socially, economically and environmentally sustainable neighbourhood.” (Ref. 1)
... a local policy or strategy? Unknown
Expected impacts
  • Climate action for adaptation, resilience and mitigation (SDG 13)
  • Cultural heritage and cultural diversity
  • Economic development and decent employment (SDG 8)
  • Environmental quality, including air quality and waste management
  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Health and well-being (SDG 3)
  • Inclusive and effective governance (SDG 16)
  • Regeneration, land-use and urban development
  • Social justice, cohesion and equity (SDG 10)
  • Water management (SDG 6)
Details on impacts and indicators used Impacts: There have not been any floods in the area since the open storm water system was installed. Augustenborg even managed well when large parts of Malmö were flooded in the summer of 2007. Biodiversity in the area has increased by 50 %. The green roofs have attracted birds and insects, and the open storm water system provides better environment for the local plant- and wildlife. Participation in elections increased dramatically during the project. From 54 % 1998 to 79 % year 2002. As a direct result from the project three new local companies have started: Watreco, the Green Roof Institute and the car pool. The heat and hot water consumption has decreased by 25 % (Ref. 1) Indicators: Floods and flood size; biodiversity percentage increase; participation % in elections; economic inncreases based on number of new businesses; heat and hot water consumption

Presence of formal monitoring system

Unknown

Presence of indicators used in reporting

Yes

Presence of monitoring/ evaluation reports

Availability of a web-based monitoring tool

No
  • Stormwater Canal at the Eco City Augustenborg (2017)
    Stormwater Canal at the Eco City Augustenborg (2017)
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    Photographer: Sanna Dolck (sanna@sannadolck.com), retrieved 08/24/2018 from Linn Johansson
  • Pond at the Eco City Augustenborg (2017)
    Pond at the Eco City Augustenborg (2017)
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    Photographer: Sanna Dolck (sanna@sannadolck.com), retrieved 08/24/2018 from Linn Johansson
  • Use of Solar Power at the Eco City Augustenborg (2017)
    Use of Solar Power at the Eco City Augustenborg (2017)
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    Photographer: Sanna Dolck (sanna@sannadolck.com), retrieved 08/24/2018 from Linn Johansson

 

Disclaimer: The data collection was carried out between June and August 2017, the information presented has not been updated afterwards.