The EU-funded UNaLab project aims to develop smarter, more inclusive, more resilient and increasingly sustainable societies through innovative nature-based solutions (NBS). The UNaLab Consortium is comprised of 28 partners from 10 cities across Europe and beyond, including municipalities, research, business and industry. The UNaLab partner cities are committed to address climate- and water-related urban challenges with an innovative and citizen-driven approach.
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 targeting climate change mitigation and adaptation along with the sustainable management of water resources. These solutions have been co-created with and for local stakeholders and citizens.
The front-runner cities actively collaborate and share their experiences with our five European follower cities - Stavanger, Prague, Castellón, Cannes and Başakşehir - and support them in their development of individual NBS roadmaps, which is done in a co-creation approach. Our non-European follower cities - Hong Kong and Buenos Aires - as well as our two observers - Guangzhou and the Brazilian Network of Smart Cities – actively learn from the European NBS approach, which will enable the creation of a global NBS marketplace.
The collaborative knowledge production among this wide network of cities enables UNaLab project results to reflect diverse urban socio-economic realities, as well as differences in the size and density of urban populations, local ecosystem characteristics and climate conditions. 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.
What is the UNaLab project?
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