About Stavanger

Stavanger is situated on a peninsula along the south-west coast of Norway. Today, 130,000 inhabitants live in Stavanger, although the greater region counts over 350,000 inhabitants, which makes it the third largest urban area in Norway.

Stavanger is a coastal town, with approximately 170 days of rain each year. Due to climate change, experts foresee an increase in rainfall, putting an increased pressure on water management to prevent flooding. Furthermore, the expected sea level rise is likely to have consequences for Stavanger on a long term. The city is already putting an increased emphasis on alternative solutions to storm water management and climate change adaptation through the use of blue-green infrastructure. However, these measures need to be further developed as part of the nature-based solutions concept. 

Green solutions are an important factor in the urban planning in Stavanger. Green belts throughout the city are important both for recreation purposes, and for water and air management. Stavanger's vision for 2050 is to improve nature's integration into the city, which will provide enjoyable green areas for the inhabitants, with water features and rich biodiversity. In 2050, the city will also be resilient to flooding from the rising sea level and storm water. 

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Ambitions, Vision & System Analysis

Ambitions of Stavanger for 2050

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

Presenter: Ingerid Pegg, City of Stavanger

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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.

The Perspective of a Follower City – Creating a Roadmap for Stavanger 2050

The Roadmapping process kicked off in December 2017 for follower city Stavanger when researchers from the Technical University of Eindhoven came to Stavanger to conduct a series of workshops resulting in the overall ambition for sustainable urban development and climate change adaptation through NBS: Stavanger 2050-Urban resilience through nature and knowledge.

Completing the roadmap – pathways to nature-based resilience in Stavanger by 2050

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.

Two follower cities’ reflections on UNaLab

The first years of the UNaLab project have been filled with activities for the follower cities, with the series of local workshops connected to the roadmapping process being the most important part. The cities of Stavanger and Prague have reflected on their respective journeys so far in the project, and share their expectations and plans for the next half of the project.

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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