The UNaLab project is contributing to the development of smarter, more inclusive, more resilient and more sustainable cities through the implementation of nature-based solutions.


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The UNaLab project is contributing to the development of smarter, more inclusive, more resilient and more sustainable urban communities through the implementation of nature-based solutions (NBS), which are co-created with and for local stakeholders and citizens. 

Our three front-runner cities - Eindhoven, Tampere and Genova - are through the establishment of Urban Living Lab (ULL) demonstration areas experimenting, demonstrating and evaluating a range of different nature-based solutions addressing climate and water related urban challenges. The front-runner cities actively collaborate and share their experiences with our seven follower cities - Stavanger, Prague, Castellón, Cannes, Başakşehir, Hong Kong and Buenos Aires – as well as our two observers - Guangzhou and the Brazilian Network of Smart Cities. 

The project results will enable the development of a European NBS Reference Framework on benefits, cost-effectiveness, economic viability and replicability of nature-based solutions, which will guide cities across Europe and beyond in developing and implementing their own co-creative nature-based solutions.


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The UNaLab project is committed to address the urban challenges related to climate change and ongoing urbanisation through the implementation and demonstration of innovative nature-based solutions, which will lead to smarter, more inclusive, more resilient and increasingly sustainable cities.

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Stay up to date with UNaLab's wide range of activities and follow the developments in our cities through our blog

Completing the Roadmap – Pathways to Nature-based Resilience in Stavanger by 2050

The key output for the follower cities in the UNaLab project is roadmaps for climate change adaptation through nature-based solutions. Through a series of workshops and on-site assessments, the cities move from establishing the status quo and their ambition for NBS and climate change adaptation, to creating a vision for 2050 and finally creating a roadmap with goals and potential projects to realise the vision.

Driver for Change V: Tailored Use of Limited Resources

Through an analysis of interviews with a broad spectrum of experts on climate and water resilience and nature-based solutions, five Drivers for Change for the future of climate and water resilient cities in 2050 were identified. This blog post will present the fifth Driver for Change: Tailored use of limited resources.

Başakşehir 2050: Smart City of Happiness and Well-being

Since the start of the UNaLab project, the city of Başakşehir has aimed to develop the most feasible nature-based solutions that will have a positive impact on all the stakeholders and especially all the citizens of Başakşehir. The Municipality has developed three ambitions, which later were fine tuned to three focus areas for the Municipality’s vision.

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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