About Us

Tampere is the third largest city in Finland and the largest inland centre in the Nordic countries. Currently, there are 225,150 inhabitants in Tampere and close to half a million inhabitants in the Tampere region, which comprises Tampere and its neighboring municipalities. Tampere is one of the three most rapidly developing regions in Finland. It is a centre of leading edge technology, research, education, culture, sports and business. Tampere is a self-governing unit where the highest decision-making authority is vested in the local council, which is elected by the citizens. Local authorities provide basic public services for the residents, of which the most important relate to social welfare and health care, education and culture, the environment, and technical infrastructure. 

Tampere has a Storm Water Programme which was developed in 2012. It contains common principles for managing storm water in urban areas throughout the city organisation; clarifies responsibilities; identifies development needs; and highlights the managing of storm water close to the source. Storm water management is regulated by the town planning and the methods are specified with the aid of construction guidelines. 

UNaLab Team Members

Meet the UNaLab Team Members from the City of Tampere

Maarit Särkilahti

Maarit Särkilahti
Work Package 5 - Climate & Water Resilient Urban Living Labs
Salla Leppänen

Salla Leppänen
Work Package 5 - Climate & Water Resilient Urban Living Labs

Latest Updates

NBS Innovation Vouchers in Tampere

The City of Tampere has awarded three innovation vouchers for citizens to undertake small-scale NBS projects. Two of the vouchers will be used to develop garden areas near residential housing whilst the third voucher will fund the creation of a horse park.

Co-creating Nature-based Solutions in Front-runner City Tampere

Tampere has two UNaLab demonstration areas, or Urban Living Labs: Vuores and Hiedanranta. Spring 2018 was an intense co-creation period in the Living Labs: a series of three (Visioning – Ideating – Testing) Design Thinking workshops were organised in each area, resulting in a total of six workshops, which attracted altogether 258 participants.

Biofiltration Improves Quality of Storm Water Runoff in Tampere

Storm water runoff has been found to be a major source of pollution in natural water systems. Many urban streams and lakes are burdened by the nutrients and solids contained in low-quality storm water runoff. Although front-runner city Tampere has previous experience of biofiltration, the city has within the UNaLab project tested new types of filtering materials for biofiltration.

Tampere Has Initiated the Implementation of Co-created NBS

The City of Tampere in Finland is one of the three front-runner cities in the UNaLab project. In the Nordic conditions in Tampere, climate change is expected to result in higher temperatures and increased rainfall, especially during winter time. Subsequently, the city’s focus in the UNaLab project is on stormwater management.

Children’s Urban Nature Lab in Vuores

In April, a children’s urban nature lab was organised in Vuores, inviting children from day care centres, preschools and primary schools to participate in the development of nature-based systems in Vuores. The children learned about the role of basins and wetlands in water purification, the plants and animals found in the area and environmental research.

First Results of Co-creating Nature-based Solutions in Tampere

The UNaLab project develops the nature-based solutions of Vuores and Hiedanranta in the spirit of “living labs”. During the project, residents will act as researchers alongside professionals, testing the new innovations in their everyday lives. A series of three workshops is organised in Vuores and Hiedanranta during spring 2018. The workshops involve visioning, ideating and implementing/testing nature-based solutions for the case areas.

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