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Nature Based Solutions


The UNaLab project, led by VTT, is a smart network of ten partner cities facing the challenges of climate change and growing urbanisation. UNaLab aims to foster development of an EU reference framework for nature-based solutions. The network will co-create and demonstrate locally attuned innovative water management systems in the context of an integrated urban ecological approach: the Urban Nature Lab (UNaLab).  

UNaLab's three large-scale demonstration cities, Eindhoven (Netherlands), Genova (Italy), and Tampere (Finland), each have experience employing smart, citizen-driven solutions for sustainable development. These demonstrator cities partner with an additional five innovative European cities with a balanced geographical spread, and diversity in size and climate conditions: Başakşehir (Turkey), Cannes (France), Castellón (Spain), Prague (Czech Republic), and Stavanger (Norway).

UNaLab will provide quantitative evidence of NBS efficacy, applicability, and cost-effectiveness, including several comprehensive, user-friendly handbooks for end-users to guide the development and implementation of scientifically-validated NBS schemes and related support systems/frameworks in urban areas beyond the scope of the UNaLab project. UNaLab's upscaling and replication efforts are supported by a clearly defined replication strategy and extensive stakeholder network.

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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.


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