Innovations developed within other UNaLab WPs are applied in the UNaLab front-runner cities of Eindhoven, Genova and Tampere through WP5. The overall objective of WP5 is to organise and manage the implementation of NBS in accordance with the local co-creation process, including providing support for innovative governance models and business and financing models. NBS demonstrations are planned and implemented in close collaboration between cities and local partners with additional support from the UNaLab consortium.
To date, WP5 activities have largely focused on implementing structured co-creation processes in front-runner cities (EASW in Genova, Design Thinking in Eindhoven and Tampere) to co-design NBS with stakeholders. The co-creation process in each city will be followed by Urban Living Lab training for key actors from each front-runner municipality. Eindhoven, Genova and Tampere are on track to complete formal stakeholder co-creation and ULL training by the end of June 2018. Front-runner cities will then turn their focus to NBS design finalisation and procurement of third-party services in order to implement the co-created NBS. The next important step for front-runner cities is the identification of key NBS performance and impact indicators, and collection of baseline data as needed prior to construction of NBS.
Partners from the University of Stuttgart have produced a draft NBS Technical Handbook for use in front-runner cities’ respective co-creation processes. An interim NBS Technical Handbook will be released to all UNaLab consortium partners in June 2018. In the near term, the University of Stuttgart will work with ERRIN to adapt the NBS Technical Handbook content for online delivery. This WP5 deliverable will continue to evolve in the longer term as additional, detailed NBS performance and impact data are acquired from co-created NBS implemented in Eindhoven, Genova and Tampere.
High-level governance workshops are on-going in Eindhoven, Genova and Tampere. Information gathered during the first round of workshops informed identification of key governance challenges and potential interventions to overcome barriers to NBS adoption. Partners from Fraunhofer IAO are presently developing an assessment framework along the four main governance themes of (1) Cross-Sectoral Cooperation, (2) Data Governance, (3) Finance and Procurement, and (4) Policies. Municipal governance recommendations based on this assessment framework in combination with information from the workshops in front-runner cities will be delivered by September 2018.
Feedback from the co-creation and governance workshops in Eindhoven, Genova and Tampere has been overwhelmingly positive. UNaLab is gaining excellent momentum in front-runner cities which we expect will continue with on-going stakeholder engagement and dissemination activities.