In October last year, the Eindhoven University of Technology and Eindhoven Municipality arranged a workshop to identify barriers to the adoption of an urban living lab concept for the implementation of nature-based solutions (NBS). The aim for this workshop was to find specific issues which keep those actors from collaborating with each other.
The works in the Gavoglio park have started and in the coming months the first nature-based solutions foreseen by the UNaLab project will be built. The experience gained thanks to the UNaLab project in the use of NBS has also led to another important result: NBS have been included among the requirements for the design of a new urban park for the city of Genova, which will be located in the areas affected by the collapse of the Morandi motorway bridge.
The key output for the follower cities in the UNaLab project is roadmaps for climate change adaptation through nature-based solutions. Through a series of workshops and on-site assessments, the cities move from establishing the status quo and their ambition for NBS and climate change adaptation, to creating a vision for 2050 and finally creating a roadmap with goals and potential projects to realise the vision.
Through an analysis of interviews with a broad spectrum of experts on climate and water resilience and nature-based solutions, five Drivers for Change for the future of climate and water resilient cities in 2050 were identified. This blog post will present the fifth Driver for Change: Tailored use of limited resources.
Since the start of the UNaLab project, the city of Başakşehir has aimed to develop the most feasible nature-based solutions that will have a positive impact on all the stakeholders and especially all the citizens of Başakşehir. The Municipality has developed three ambitions, which later were fine tuned to three focus areas for the Municipality’s vision.
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.