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Study puts spotlight on city data

Universities and local government officials need to cooperate better on gathering and sharing data on sustainable cities, according to the results of a pilot project.

The project on sustainable cities, which covered 10 European cities, found that a better understanding of city ecosystems and their problems improves policymaking. However, this needs better data and frameworks, which are best provided by scientists at universities and data centres, the study, published on 2 August by the Joint Research Centre, said.

The Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services framework, which was used in the pilot project, is set to be rolled out across urban research centres in Europe, the JRC announced. It is meant to help teams of scientists and city decision-makers select and collect the data they need for better policymaking.

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