About Tampere

Tampere is the third largest city in Finland and the largest inland centre in the Nordic countries. Tampere is home to 225,150 inhabitants and close to half a million people live in the Tampere Region, which comprises Tampere and its neighbouring municipalities. Tampere is one of the three most rapidly developing regions in Finland. It is a centre for leading-edge technology, research, education, culture, sports and business.

It is estimated that waterfall in Finland will increase by 25% in the coming years due to climate change. A critical issue for Tampere is therefore flooding and storm water management. As two of the nature-based solutions demonstration areas in Tampere are under construction to become dense urban areas, the rapid population growth will also pose a significant challenge. Other challenges that the city is facing include water pollution and reduced biodiversity.


Tampere's NBS demonstrations


Tampere’s main demonstration site for nature-based solutions is Vuores. Vuores is a new greenfield district surrounded by natural water bodies, which currently is in the construction phase. The first residents moved to Vuores in 2010 and it is planned that the district will be completed by 2030, with residences for 13,000 people.

Vuores consists of existing and developing residential blocks located around multifunctional parks. The Vuores stormwater management system is one of the largest in the Nordic countries and the northernmost in the world. The heart of the Vuores nature-based stormwater management system is the Central Park, where retention ponds, swales, wetlands, and streams retain and purify the water before leading it to Lake Koipijärvi. The nature-based water management system already starts from plots where, e.g. green roofs, rain gardens and rainwater harvesting, serve both for water management as well as for recreation. One of the initial NBS demonstration ideas of the city included the further development of the Vuores nature-based stormwater management system. Nature-based stormwater structures - a retention pond and alluvial meadows - were implemented in the Tervaslampi Park to complement the existing blue and green infrastructure in the area. A biofilter was one of the first UNaLab NBS demonstrations in Vuores and was built in Park Virolainen to treat stormwater from nearby residential blocks and streets. 

Innovative, co-created nature-based systems demonstrated in Vuores have been scaled up and further developed in the brownfield area Hiedanranta. Hiedanranta is a former industrial area slated for development into a dense city district for 25,000 inhabitants and more than 10,000 jobs. 

The first UNaLab NBS demonstration in Hiedanranta was a pilot-scale algae-based water treatment system where researchers from the Tampere University of Technology study micro-algae growth in Nordic conditions. A biofilter has also been installed in Hiedanranta to treat the contaminated water from an old pulp mill. Online water monitoring devices have been installed to monitor the performance of the biofilters in the urban living labs and the results can be accessed online. Tampere has also implemented a green wall on a wastewater pumping station in the Viinikanlahti district, with local species suitable for a sub-arctic climate.

The city has also awarded three innovation vouchers for citizens to undertake small-scale NBS projects. Two of the vouchers were used to develop urban garden areas near residential housing while the third voucher funded the creation of a community horse park in the Vuores Central Park.

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Our Urban Challenges

Our Urban Challenges

Air pollution
Biodiversity loss
Climate resilience
Green space management
Climate driven health issues
Knowledge and social capacity building
New economic opportunities and green jobs
Participatory planning and governance
Our Nature-based Solutions

Our Nature-based Solutions

Alluvial meadow
Green facade
Micro-algae pilot
Retention pond
Urban garden

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NBS Innovation Vouchers in Tampere

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.

Co-creating Nature-based Solutions in Front-runner City Tampere

Tampere has two UNaLab demonstration areas, or Urban Living Labs: Vuores and Hiedanranta. Spring 2018 was an intense co-creation period in the Living Labs: a series of three (Visioning – Ideating – Testing) Design Thinking workshops were organised in each area, resulting in a total of six workshops, which attracted altogether 258 participants.

Biofiltration Improves Quality of Storm Water Runoff in Tampere

Storm water runoff has been found to be a major source of pollution in natural water systems. Many urban streams and lakes are burdened by the nutrients and solids contained in low-quality storm water runoff. Although front-runner city Tampere has previous experience of biofiltration, the city has within the UNaLab project tested new types of filtering materials for biofiltration.

Children’s Urban Nature Lab in Vuores

In April, a children’s urban nature lab was organised in Vuores, inviting children from day care centres, preschools and primary schools to participate in the development of nature-based systems in Vuores. The children learned about the role of basins and wetlands in water purification, the plants and animals found in the area and environmental research.

First Results of Co-creating Nature-based Solutions in Tampere

The UNaLab project develops the nature-based solutions of Vuores and Hiedanranta in the spirit of “living labs”. During the project, residents will act as researchers alongside professionals, testing the new innovations in their everyday lives. A series of three workshops is organised in Vuores and Hiedanranta during spring 2018. The workshops involve visioning, ideating and implementing/testing nature-based solutions for the case areas.

School Children as Water Scientists in Vuores

The primary school children in Vuores, in UNaLab front-runner city Tampere, are actively participating in monitoring the water quality of nearby ditches and lakes. They conduct the examinations with their teachers during spring and autumn. In addition to water quality, the children also examine water insects. The UNaLab project has provided the school with water examination backpacks, in which you can find equipment to conduct many different measurements.

NBS performance monitoring in the front-runner cities

Year 2019 marked the advancement and near finalisation of NBS planning and construction in the UNaLab front-runner cities. During the latter half of 2019, the cities have been working with the project’s technical partners to identify a suite of relevant key performance indicators (KPIs) that will provide essential information about the performance and impact of the NBS being implemented.

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.

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.

Pollinator-friendly nature-based solutions in Tampere

The progressive extinction of pollinator insect is one of the most dangerous environmental threats. Learn how UNaLab front-runner city Tampere through their implemented nature-based solutions is supporting pollinators and their imperative role in our ecosystem.

Buzzing results of the pollinator monitoring in Tampere

Citizens in Tampere have been able to participate in the city’s pollinator monitoring, which has taken place in the three UNaLab demonstration areas for nature-based solutions, through the iNaturalist mobile application. In the summers of 2020 and 2021, a total of 145 observations were registered on the application, representing 74 different species.

Tampere’s green wall: the northernmost of its kind

The City of Tampere has recently finished the first construction phase of the novel green wall that is located on an old wastewater treatment plant in the Viinikanlahti district. The green wall is the first of its kind to be constructed this far up north, and the city will study its performance in the harsh Finnish climate to enable the replication of this nature-based solution on other public and private buildings in the city.

Edible City Solutions

This autumn, UNaLab joined the social media campaign #EdibleCitySolutions where seven H2020 projects working on nature-based solutions came together to raise awareness of the positive ecological, social and economic impact of green urban food system innovation. The campaign offered an occasion to bring the community gardens implemented in Tampere into the spotlight – highlighting how they support social cohesion.

Tampereella parannetaan hulevesien laatua biosuodatuksen avulla

Authored by Salla Leppänen and Maarit Särkilahti. Published in Viherympäristö in 2019.

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