Green city: We need nature in Athens.
The city aims at integrating natural systems into the urban fabric, making our city cleaner, promoting sustainable mobility and co-creating public spaces, fostering sustainable food systems and establishing sustainable and equitable energy system [source]
Become more transparent and accountable
The Athens city Council and administration seem remote and obscure to the citizen. Apart from the fact that there is no culture within the municipality that values, manages and maintains the collection of data and KPIs, there are also few and weak channels of communication both among the different levels of administration and between the City of Athens and the citizens. An "open city" is a city that is accountable, a city that can win back the trust of its people.
For Athens to be resilient it needs to build trust. One of the main stresses that keep weakening the ability of the city to move forward, as well as the cohesion of Athenian society, is mistrust. The city is in the process of becoming more open and transparent through opening channels of communication, its data and its procedures.
Every city in the world is a living organism that constantly transforms as it updates its functions. Many factors affect the tasks and responsibilities of a city in a broad range of sectors. In order for a city to be able to best serve its people, there is a need to constantly monitor its performance, ideally on a real-time basis. Many cities around the world have already developed mechanisms and tools that measure their performance using state of-the-art digital technologies. Tools such as digital and dynamic maps (GIS maps), dynamic databases on monitoring indicators, sensors and technologies (Internet of Things - IoT) are available for use by any city around the world.
The City of Athens is currently using obsolete technologies to measure its performance. This becomes more difficult due to insufficient human resources. On the other hand, Citizens are also unaware of what is happening in the city, while the city decision makers lack the proper tools for effective policy making.
The main objective here is to introduce up to date digital technologies to help better manage the City of Athens. City officials will thus be able to draft new policies using real-time data, while demonstrating to the public, for the first time, the dynamic status and performance of the city. The latter will be achieved thought a series of actions that will promote its transparency.
The City of Athens currently owns over 120,000 trees which are growing within the city boundaries. There is however no existing registry for these trees. City services need to develop an application that will help build a register to record all of the tree characteristics such as their position, type, occupancy, age, classification, and canopy.
The city services have already started to record the trees on a GIS map but there is a need to build the capacity implement this work. A MoU with the Agricultural University of Athens will support the project by capitalizing on the expertise of its professors and students.
Action Owner: City of Athens (Department of Green and Parks)
Partners: Platform Partner, Agricultural University, Municipal Department of Green and Parks
Funding sources: Municipal funds
Time frame: Short-term