Last week, the three-monthly monitoring meeting of the LIFE Vía de la Plata project was held online. The BISITE group participates in this project together with the Municipal Housing and Urban Planning Board, Salamanca City Council, the Geosciences Group USAL and the UNESCO Chair of Sustainable Development and Environmental Education of the UPV/EHU. The aim is to create a new green infrastructure route along the 6.9 kilometres of this ancient Roman road in the municipality of Salamanca.

The meeting served to review the progress of the different aspects covered by the project, ranging from the transformation of the entire route through the use of nature-based solutions (SBN), planting of native species, adaptation to climate change, and monitoring of ecosystem services through Big Data technology.

The meeting also helped to prepare the first visit of the European Union monitoring expert, which will take place virtually on 22 April and will serve to check the progress of this pilot project chosen by the European Commission in the call of its LIFE 2020 programme.

LIFE Vía de la Plata will develop until the end of 2023, a total of 41 actions in different aspects related to the flora, fauna, water, citizenship, culture and heritage of our city. Experts are already defining the indicators that will help to measure ecosystem services and that, among other aspects, will improve biodiversity, health and the quality of life of the people of Salamanca.

We are very happy to participate in this type of initiatives and use our knowledge for the benefit of Salamanca. Other cities around the world can follow the example of this initiative.

You can learn more about LIFE Vía de la Plata in the following article:

LIFE Vía de la Plata (LIFE19 CCA/ES/001188).

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.