GREEN BENEFITS, PARCO CAVALLO PAZZO
Trees positively change urban environment mitigating temperatures, improving air quality, reducing rainwater flow and runoff risk, and lowering CO2 concentration in the air. Furthermore, trees provide cities with several economic benefits that exceed the costs for their maintenance, both ordinary and extraordinary. Those positive effects are determined by: tree species, trees’ positions and state of health, and green areas management. Carrying out a Green Benefits assessment, Pnat is able to quantify those benefits, providing the Institutions with a special tool to understand the value of our natural heritage.
This analysis quantified trees’ economical and environmental benefits in Parco Cavallo Pazzo in Rome, thanks to the support of Associazione di Promozione Sociale “Casetta Rossa”, and financial contribution of crowdfunding platform GoFundMe Italia and sponsorship of Chef Rubio. The shared goal was to understand how much trees improve the quality of urban life.
This work was made possible thanks to all people that support the fundraising campaign #ANataleCensisciUnAlbero, promoted by Chef Rubio and Stefano Mancuso on GoFundMe Italia platform.
The assessment report focuses on 248 trees recorded in Parco Cavallo Pazzo census, that was supplied by Associazione Casetta Rossa. Trees have been classified by species, and their contribution has been measured in terms of: Removal of air pollutant (Absorbed or Directly prevent), Decrease of rainwater runoff, Energy saving, CO2 saving (by storing and confiscating). We processed data with software such as i-Tree Eco and i-Tree Canopy (i-Tree Tools, USDA). We estimated trees’ benefits and their current and future values by combining the information recollected with local climate and pollution conditions.