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 inhabitants, which makes it the third largest urban area in Norway.
Stavanger is a coastal town, with approximately 170 days of rain each year. Due to climate change, experts foresee an increase in rainfall, putting an increased pressure on water management to prevent flooding. Furthermore, the expected sea level rise is likely to have consequences for Stavanger on a long term. The city is already putting an increased emphasis on alternative solutions to storm water management and climate change adaptation through the use of blue-green infrastructure. However, these measures need to be further developed as part of the nature-based solutions concept.
Green solutions are an important factor 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. In 2050, the city will also be resilient to flooding from the rising sea level and storm water.