Tampere

About Tampere

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 also pose a significant challenge. Other challenges that the city is facing include water pollution and reduced biodiversity.

TAMPERE'S NBS DEMONSTRATION AREAS

Tampere’s main demonstration site for nature-based solutions is Vuores. Vuores is a new greenfield district surrounded by natural water bodies, which currently is in the construction phase. The first residents moved to Vuores in 2010 and there are currently 3000 inhabitants living in the district. Intensive construction is still ongoing and it is planned that Vuores will be completed by 2030, with residences for 13,000 people and 3000 to 5000 jobs.

Vuores consists of existing and developing residential blocks located around multifunctional parks. The Vuores stormwater management system is one of the largest in the Nordic countries and the northernmost in the world. The heart of the Vuores nature-based stormwater management system is the Central Park, where retention ponds, swales, wetlands, and streams retain and purify the water before leading them to Lake Koipijärvi. The nature-based water management system already starts from plots where, e.g. green roofs, rain gardens and rainwater harvesting, serve both for water management as well as for recreation. One of the initial NBS demonstration ideas of the city included further development of the Vuores nature-based stormwater management system. A biofilter was the first part of the UNaLab nature-based solutions demonstrations in Vuores and has been built in Park Virolainen to treat stormwaters from nearby residential blocks and streets. 

Innovative, co-created nature-based solutions systems demonstrated in Vuores will be scaled up and further developed in the brownfield area Hiedanranta. Hiedanranta is a former industrial area slated for development into a dense city district for 25,000 inhabitants and more than 10,000 jobs. Currently, Hiedanranta is open for people to enjoy and organise cultural- and art events and other innovations.

The first UNaLab demonstration in Hiedanranta is a pilot-scale algae-based water treatment system where researchers from Tampere University of Technology study microalgae growth in Nordic conditions. A biofilter has also been installed in Hiedanranta to treat the contaminated water from the old pulp mill. Online water monitoring devices have been installed to monitor the performance of the biofilters in the urban living labs and the results can be accessed online. Tampere will also implement a green roof on one of the buildings in Hiedanranta.

The city has also awarded three innovation vouchers for citizens to undertake small-scale NBS projects. Two of the vouchers will be used to develop garden areas near residential housing while the third voucher will fund the creation of a horse park.

Latest Updates

School Children as Water Scientists in Vuores

The primary school children in Vuores, in UNaLab front-runner city Tampere, are actively participating in monitoring the water quality of nearby ditches and lakes. They conduct the examinations with their teachers during spring and autumn. In addition to water quality, the children also examine water insects. The UNaLab project has provided the school with water examination backpacks, in which you can find equipment to conduct many different measurements.

NBS Innovation Vouchers in Tampere

The City of Tampere has awarded three innovation vouchers for citizens to undertake small-scale NBS projects. Two of the vouchers will be used to develop garden areas near residential housing whilst the third voucher will fund the creation of a horse park.

Co-creating Nature-based Solutions in Front-runner City Tampere

Tampere has two UNaLab demonstration areas, or Urban Living Labs: Vuores and Hiedanranta. Spring 2018 was an intense co-creation period in the Living Labs: a series of three (Visioning – Ideating – Testing) Design Thinking workshops were organised in each area, resulting in a total of six workshops, which attracted altogether 258 participants.

Biofiltration Improves Quality of Storm Water Runoff in Tampere

Storm water runoff has been found to be a major source of pollution in natural water systems. Many urban streams and lakes are burdened by the nutrients and solids contained in low-quality storm water runoff. Although front-runner city Tampere has previous experience of biofiltration, the city has within the UNaLab project tested new types of filtering materials for biofiltration.

Children’s Urban Nature Lab in Vuores

In April, a children’s urban nature lab was organised in Vuores, inviting children from day care centres, preschools and primary schools to participate in the development of nature-based systems in Vuores. The children learned about the role of basins and wetlands in water purification, the plants and animals found in the area and environmental research.

First Results of Co-creating Nature-based Solutions in Tampere

The UNaLab project develops the nature-based solutions of Vuores and Hiedanranta in the spirit of “living labs”. During the project, residents will act as researchers alongside professionals, testing the new innovations in their everyday lives. A series of three workshops is organised in Vuores and Hiedanranta during spring 2018. The workshops involve visioning, ideating and implementing/testing nature-based solutions for the case areas.

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