Cannes is a city of 75 000 inhabitants 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 famous for being the host city of the annual Cannes Film Festival, Midem and Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

Cannes is a city which is particularly exposed to natural hazards: flooding due to overflowing rivers, urban runoff, coastal flooding, forest fires, withdrawal/swelling clay and landslides. These risks are numerous, and unfortunately occur quite frequently. In a large urban development context, nature-based solutions seem to be the best solution to prevent the devastating effects of these risks, and allow the city to become more resilient. 

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

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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