Among many initiatives and projects GDi has been part of, we were also a partner to the APPLAUSE project, conducted by the city of Ljubljana.
The project was part of a European Union initiative called Urban Innovative Action and it has helped to address previously unresolved problems regarding invasive alien plant species by implementing a zero‑waste approach within a circular economy business model.
Invasive alien plant species (IAPS) present a major issue for European ecosystems. Not only do they threaten local biodiversity but can also cause harm to human health, the economy and the ecosystem services delivered by local flora.
However, the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, has managed to overcome this. Its APPLAUSE project has turned the current linear model for IAPS management (collect, transport and dispose/incinerate) to a circular one. Within this new model, IAPS have now been perceived as a useful resource that can deliver value to the environment, its citizens, the local economy, and thus contribute towards Ljubljana’s ‘Zero-waste city’ vision.
For the APPLAUSE project, we have implemented GDi Ensemble Smart Portal, which supports and improves the management of invasive plant species. The application has several different user interfaces, but all share a common business logic. The solution consists of an application for field research and an application for work orders for the management of invasive plant species.
In addition to GDi Ensemble Smart Portal web application (Visios), our Field Tools mobile application is being used by citizens for the purpose of plant recognition.
The project involves four types of stakeholders, who work using the same data set resulting in several benefits:
- Experts – can collect plant data in a faster, more structured and efficient way
- City government – can more effectively plan activities around invasive plant species
- Subcontractors – can reduce the cost of fieldwork
- Citizens – are being educated and are more aware of invasive plant species.