UNaLab

The UNaLab project is contributing to the development of smarter, more inclusive, more resilient and increasingly sustainable cities through the implementation of nature-based solutions.

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About the UNaLab Project

The UNaLab project is contributing to the development of smarter, more inclusive, more resilient and more sustainable urban communities through the implementation of nature-based solutions (NBS), which are co-created with and for local stakeholders and citizens. 

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 addressing climate- and water-related urban challenges. The front-runner cities actively collaborate and share their experiences with our seven follower cities - Stavanger, Prague, Castellón, Cannes, Başakşehir, Hong Kong and Buenos Aires – as well as our two observers - Guangzhou and the Brazilian Network of Smart Cities. 

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.

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What are Nature-based Solutions?

Nature-based solutions represent green, innovative solutions where nature is used to address a range of socio-environmental challenges while simultaneously providing a multitude of economic, environmental and social benefits to the community. Learn more here.

Nature-based Solutions
Nature-based Solutions
Coastal areas
Coastal areas
Constructed wetlands & built systems for water management
Constructed wetlands & built systems for water management
Green roofs & walls
Green roofs & walls
Natural & semi-natural water bodies
Natural & semi-natural water bodies
Parks & gardens
Parks & gardens
System for erosion control
System for erosion control
Urban network structures
Urban network structures

Follow Our Activities

Stay up to date with UNaLab's wide range of activities and follow the developments in our cities through our blog and news section.

UNaLab joins the #EdibleCitySolutions campaign to raise awareness about green urban food innovation

#EdibleCitySolutions is a month-long social media campaign organised to celebrate World Cities Day 2021 and raise awareness for the positive ecological, social and economic impact of green urban food system innovation. Join the campaign by sharing an image of food system innovation in your city on your Twitter or Instagram.

Nature-based solutions projects and citizens engagement in Prague

The UNaLab project activities and results have proven greatly valuable for follower city Prague, and the project's roadmapping activity has paved the way for new nature-based solutions projects and provided inspiration for local citizen engagement activities.

Assessing the impacts of nature-based solutions using the Systemic Decision Support Tool and the NBS Simulation Visualisation Tool

The SDST/NBS-SVT uses a map-based view to present the potential direct and indirect environmental, social and economic impacts of different proposed NBS. The tool allows users to compare and visualise different NBS scenarios without (2030) and with (2050) climate change and/or population growth relative to the reference baseline situation (2015).

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 730052 │ Topic: SCC-2-2016-2017: Smart Cities and Communities Nature-based Solutions
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