UNaLab

The UNaLab project is contributing to the development of smarter, more inclusive, more resilient and increasingly sustainable cities through the implementation of nature-based solutions.

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About the UNaLab Project

The UNaLab project is contributing to the development of smarter, more inclusive, more resilient and more sustainable urban communities through the implementation of nature-based solutions (NBS), which are co-created with and for local stakeholders and citizens. 

Our three front-runner cities - Eindhoven, Tampere and Genova - are through the establishment of Urban Living Lab (ULL) demonstration areas experimenting, demonstrating and evaluating a range of different nature-based solutions addressing climate- and water-related urban challenges. The front-runner cities actively collaborate and share their experiences with our seven follower cities - Stavanger, Prague, Castellón, Cannes, Başakşehir, Hong Kong and Buenos Aires – as well as our two observers - Guangzhou and the Brazilian Network of Smart Cities. 

The project results will enable the development of a European NBS Reference Framework on benefits, cost-effectiveness, economic viability and replicability of nature-based solutions, which will guide cities across Europe and beyond in developing and implementing their own co-creative nature-based solutions.

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What are Nature-based Solutions?

Nature-based solutions represent green, innovative solutions where nature is used to address a range of socio-environmental challenges while simultaneously providing a multitude of economic, environmental and social benefits to the community. Learn more here.

Nature-based Solutions
Nature-based Solutions
Coastal areas
Coastal areas
Constructed wetlands & built systems for water management
Constructed wetlands & built systems for water management
Green roofs & walls
Green roofs & walls
Natural & semi-natural water bodies
Natural & semi-natural water bodies
Parks & gardens
Parks & gardens
System for erosion control
System for erosion control
Urban network structures
Urban network structures

Follow Our Activities

Stay up to date with UNaLab's wide range of activities and follow the developments in our cities through our blog and news section.

Buzzing results of the pollinator monitoring in Tampere

Citizens in Tampere have been able to participate in the city’s pollinator monitoring, which has taken place in the three UNaLab demonstration areas for nature-based solutions, through the iNaturalist mobile application. In the summers of 2020 and 2021, a total of 145 observations were registered on the application, representing 74 different species.

Buddies Workshop #6: Tips for effective video presentations

The 6th UNaLab Buddy System workshop was dedicated to the creation of effective promotional videos. The following tips and examples may be of interest to other cities working on videos to promote their projects.

How do people use and perceive green spaces and how has COVID-19 changed the situation?

The results of the UNaLab survey on urban green spaces showed that the majority of urban residents surveyed prefer to use green and blue spaces and may change their walking or cycling route to spend time in green and blue spaces when they are not in a rush.

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
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