The City of Eindhoven is one of the five largest cities in The Netherlands with 230,000 inhabitants, while the Eindhoven region has more than 750,000 inhabitants. The city is one of the three economic engines of The Netherlands, delivering 14% of the national GDP.

The City of Eindhoven is the central urbanised hub within the Brainport high-tech region in the South-East of the Netherlands, known as a centre of innovation, ICT, knowledge and design. With its Brainport 2020 Strategy, developed jointly by knowledge, business and public partners within the city and region, Eindhoven has determined its strategic objectives for city and region for the coming decade.

Eindhoven is facing serious challenges due to rapid population growth, from 220 000 in 2014 to an estimated 300 000 by 2030. Critical issues for the city, which are exacerbated by climate change, include flooding, urban heat stress, air pollution, and lower quality of life. The rapid urbanisation in recent years has also led to the disappearance of significant blue zones, which has had significant detrimental consequences to the urban environment and quality of life.

Several locations within the Eindhoven city centre with different characteristics have been selected to comprise the NBS demonstration sites in Eindhoven.

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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