Cannes is a city of 75,000 inhabitants in the south of France, which triple its population in summer or during major events such as the international film festival. The Municipality of Cannes has for many years an active policy in the fields of sustainable development and environment, as demonstrated by its Agenda 21 adopted in 2008 and renewed in 2015. The Municipality launched its Sustainable Energy Actions Plan in 2012 and was recognized in 2015 as "Positive Energy Territory for a Green Growth" by the French Ministry of Ecology.

Although international focus is the essence of the city, the Municipality of Cannes, however, has little part in European projects so far. Under the leadership of its new executive elected in 2014, the Municipality wishes to reflect international issues in the actions undertaken by its services, and to sustain participation in European projects, in line with its strategic priorities. During the first series of calls to 2014-2020 ALCOTRA and MARITTIMO, the Municipality of Cannes was winner as a partner in two projects.

Cannes is a town particularly exposed to natural hazards: flooding due to overflowing rivers, urban runoff, coastal flooding, forest fires, withdrawal / swelling clay and landslide. These risks are numerous, and unfortunately occur quite frequently. In a large urban development context, nature-based solutions (NBS) seem to be the best solution to prevent the devastating effects of these risks, and allow the city to become more resilient. 

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 730052 Topic: SCC-2-2016-2017: Smart Cities and Communities Nature based solutions