About Cannes

Cannes is a city of 75,000 inhabitants located in the south of France on the French Riviera. The economic environment of the city is based on tourism, business fairs, trade and aviation. 

Cannes is a city which is particularly exposed to natural hazards, such as flooding due to overflowing rivers, urban runoff and coastal flooding, but also to forest fires, withdrawal/swelling clay and landslides. These risks are numerous and occur quite frequently. In a large urban development context, nature-based solutions are considered the best solution to prevent the devastating effects of these risks and they allow the city to become more resilient. Integrated storm-water management solutions and community rooftop gardens are some of the key elements of Canne's current strategy to improve urban living.

In 2050, the vision of Cannes is to be a green city full of gardens and connected green areas where people can walk, cycle and enjoy outdoor activities. Nature-based solutions, such as permeable surfaces and green roofs, would be implemented in public areas and buildings and serve as natural means to maintain the beaches and the agricultural areas. Water management in Cannes will encourage a completely self-sufficient and circular system.

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Ambitions, Vision & System Analysis

Ambitions of Cannes for 2050

Watch follower city Cannes present the ambitions for the city on climate and water resilience and nature-based solutions for 2050.

Presenter: Thomas Onzon, City of Cannes

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The Follower Cities’ Journey Towards an NBS Roadmap

The UNaLab project’s five European follower cities are currently working on developing their roadmaps for nature-based solutions, which will support the cities in achieving their sustainable urban development and resilience goals. This roadmapping process consists of a series of three workshops in which the follower cities, together with local stakeholders, will co-create their own NBS roadmaps.

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.

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