Location: Palermo, Italy
City population: 653,586
Project duration: 2017 - ongoing
Project cost: Above 4 000 000 EUR
Financing source(s): Public national budget, Public local authority's budget, Private Foundation

RUIS project – urban regeneration and security

Riqualificazione urbana e sicurezza - Progetto RUIS

The project RUIS (Riqualificazone Urbana Infrastrutture e Sicurezza), standing for urban regeneration of infrastructure and security. The initiative is carried out by the municipality of Palermo, in order to improve the urban resiliency of the intervention area, with the creation of further green areas in neighbourhoods dealing with problems of heat waves and environmental degradation. The main areas which will be the focus of the regeneration process, will be those considered to be in degradation state. It is expected that the quality of life of the residents will significantly improve, one the interventions are finalized. (Ref.1.)

Urban setting

  • Grey infrastructure with green features
    • Green playground/ school grounds
  • Parks and (semi)natural urban green areas
    • Pocket parks / neighbourhood green spaces

Key challenges

  • Climate action for adaptation, resilience and mitigation (SDG 13)
  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Health and well-being (SDG 3)

Main beneficiaries

  • Citizens or community groups
Project objectives
The intervention aims at regenerating the northern part of the city of Palermo, which has experienced a state of urban decay. In particular, there are specific zones of the area (San Filippo Neri - Zen, Marinella, Sferracavallo e Partanna) which have been targeted as the parts of the city lacking of green urban spots. Being the Northern area one of the most touristic ones, and by consequence highly populated (especially in summer), the creation of further green areas in neighbourhoods will face problems of heat waves and environmental degradation (Ref.3.)
Implementation activities
The area of interventions were selected according to natural (e.g. coastal lines) or artificial (e.g. railway) delimitations. The areas of interventions are all highly populated, with an high index of social decay. The interventions will regenerate and expand existing areas within those neighbourhoods, by planting new trees and arboreal species. In addition, playground for kids and recreational area will be implemented to improve socia cohesion. (Ref.4.)

Type of initiating organisation

  • National government
  • Local government / municipality

Management set-up


Participatory approaches/ community involvement

  • Unknown
Details on the roles of the organisations involved in the project
Presidency of Council of Ministries (Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri) = at the national level the government promoted and announcement of financial aids for the municipalities aiming at regenerating urban areas Municipality of Palermo = at the local level the city presented the project to the national government. Once it was approved, they established the intervention areas (Ref.1.)
Project implemented in response to ...
... an EU policy or strategy? Unknown
... a national policy or strategy? Yes
Regeneration processes are regulated at national level by the "Piano nazionale per la rigenerazione urbana sostenibile" (National plan for sustainable urban regeneration) which sets the norms and rules for the regeneration process at local level, and the sustainability challenges which need to be addresses in the process (Ref.5.)
... a local policy or strategy? Unknown
Expected impacts
  • Climate action for adaptation, resilience and mitigation (SDG 13)
  • Regeneration, land-use and urban development
  • Health and well-being (SDG 3)
Details on impacts and indicators used The intervention implemented, thanks to the green areas will mitigate the impact of human pressure in terms of pollution, and apart from this aspect the green areas will contribute to the development of the area in terms of liveability. This is also expected to improve the well-being of the residents, by providing a better view of the area - m2 of green surface to be regenerated (Ref.2.)

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Availability of a web-based monitoring tool



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