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, being the third largest populated area in Norway.

Stavanger is a coastal town, with approximately 170 yearly days of rain. Due to climate change, experts foresee an increase in rainfall, putting an increased pressure on water management. Furthermore, the expected sea level rise is likely to have consequences for Stavanger on a long term. The city is also facing challenges such as pollution, biodiversity loss and densification.

Green solutions are important factors 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. Further, the city's hopes to be resilient to flooding from the rising sea level and storm water. 

The city of Stavanger has a long tradition for citizens’ involvement. The city strongly believes in interaction between public sector, knowledge institutions and business community. The city has been the main center for the development of Norway as an energy nation for the past forty years, and has for eight years in a row been appointed the National Economic Development Region.

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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