UNaLab

The UNaLab project is contributing to the development of smarter, more inclusive, more resilient and more 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

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

Roadmaps for climate resilient futures

Five of the UNaLab follower cities have completed their roadmaps towards a climate and water resilient future through nature-based solutions. For this process, different sets of inspiration cards on relevant NBS, value creation, governance actions, financing options, and co-creation tools were developed to support the planning process with available scientific knowledge. These cards are now available for anybody to use who wants to spark their NBS discussions with some new ideas.

Natural areas increase the attractiveness of Vuores

According to the results of a survey sent to the residents of Vuores, the stormwater parks, the Koukkujärvi nature trail and the community horse park have increased the quality of living in the Vuores area. On average, the natural areas were considered visually pleasing and easily accessible, making Vuores a unique and attractive residential area.

Innovation vouchers to encourage citizens’ NBS initiatives in Tampere

The City of Tampere launched in spring 2019 a call for small-scale nature-based solutions (NBS) projects by housing cooperatives and associations in the Vuores area to be financed by the city. This initiative was an attempt by the city to encourage local stakeholders and citizens to take the initiative to plan and implement small-scale NBS. Three proposals were awarded innovation vouchers to plan and realise the suggested NBS projects.

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