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 both demonstration areas in Tampere are under construction to become dense urban areas, the rapid population growth will pose a significant challenge. Other challenges that the city is facing include air and water pollution and reduced biodiversity.

Tampere’s main NBS demonstration site is Vuores, a green district to be completed in Tampere by 2030, with residences for 13 000 people and 3000 to 5000 jobs.

Innovative, co-created NBS systems demonstrated in Vuores will be scaled up and further developed in Hiedanranta, which is also situated in Tampere. Hiedanranta is a former industrial area slated for development into a housing area for 25 000 inhabitants and more than 10 000 jobs.

NBS Demonstration Areas

A lot of emphasis has been put on storm water management in Vuores. The main goals in storm water management in the Vuores area are prevention of urban floods, maintenance of moisture conditions in valuable natural attractions, regulation of flow rates to the pre-construction level by drainage area, prevention of solids and nutrient load to waterways, and handling of the first flush. Other NBS to be implemented in the demonstration areas in Tampere include public green spaces and storm water ponds; green roofs and walls for buildings, and permeable pavements.


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