Cannes is a city of 75,000 inhabitants located 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 a city which is particularly exposed to natural hazards, such as flooding due to overflowing rivers, urban runoff and coastal flooding, but also to forest fires, withdrawal/swelling clay and landslides. These risks are numerous and occur quite frequently. In a large urban development context, nature-based solutions are considered the best solution to prevent the devastating effects of these risks and they allow the city to become more resilient. Integrated storm-water management solutions and community rooftop gardens are some of the key elements of Canne's current strategy to improve urban living.
In 2050, the vision of Cannes is to be a green city full of gardens and connected green areas where people can walk, cycle and enjoy outdoor activities. Nature-based solutions, such as permeable surfaces and green roofs, would be implemented in public areas and buildings and serve as natural means to maintain the beaches and the agricultural areas. Water management in Cannes will encourage a completely self-sufficient and circular system.
An ambition workshop, which included several sessions with policy makers, strategy departments and internal and external stakeholders, was held to obtain a thorough understanding of the city’s ambitions and specific contexts. The result of the ambition workshop was a set of strategic ambitions for the city.
The vision workshop included several sessions with internal and external stakeholders to define and visualise the desired future for the city. Building on the strategic ambitions, a vision of the desired future scenario for the city in 2050 was developed.
To understand the status quo as a point of departure towards achieving the city’s desired future vision, a systems assessment was conducted to assess the city’s sustainability performance and to support the development of projects to strengthen sustainability and resilience in the city. The analysis also mapped potential stakeholders to help support the roadmapping development process, as well as identified potential sites for NBS implementation.
Watch follower city Cannes present the ambitions for the city on climate and water resilience and nature-based solutions for 2050.
Presenter: Thomas Onzon, City of Cannes
Thomas Onzon, General Manager of Technical Services