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Urban Nature Labs (UNaLab)


UNaLab will develop, via co-creation with stakeholders and implementation of "living lab" demonstration areas, a robust evidence base and European framework of innovative, replicable, and locally-attuned nature-based solutions to enhance the climate and water resilience of cities. UNaLab focuses on urban ecological water management, accompanied with greening measures and innovative and inclusive urban design. With three demonstration cities, seven replication cities and several observers, the UNaLab project aims to develop smarter, more inclusive, more resilient and increasingly sustainable societies through innovative nature-based solutions (NBS).

UNaLab's three demonstration cities, Tampere, Eindhoven and Genova, will implement urban living lab demonstration areas within the cities. They will address identified urban climate and water related challenges by co-creating nature-based solutions with local stakeholders and end users, using an innovative systemic decision support tool. The project aims at using the feedback from the urban living lab demonstration areas to create a widely applicable toolbox consisting of user-friendly handbooks, models and instruments to guide cities across Europe in developing and implementing their own co-creative nature-based solutions.

The Nature Based Solutions – Technical Handbook is a catalogue of nature based solutions for urban adaptation to climate change produced in the UNaLab project. The project has also developed a digital tool Open Nature Innovation Arena (ONIA) providing the collaboration environment where citizens and municipalities collectively discuss and identify issues or concerns affecting the quality of life in the city and co-define the possible solutions to solve these problems.


ECCA 2021 - Climate Adaptation solutions video - UNaLab

Project information


VTT-Technical Research Centre of Finland


!MPULS geeft energie, Netherlands
Başakşehir Municipality, Turkey
Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
Castellón City Council, Spain
City of Cannes, France
City of Eindhoven, Netherlands
City of Prague, Czech Republic
City of Stavanger, Norway
City of Tampere, Finnland
Engineering - Ingegneria Informatica, Italy
The European Network of Living Labs, Belgium
ERRIN-European Regions Research and Innovation Network, Belgium
Espaitec - Science And Technology Park Of Universitat Jaume I of Castellon, Spain
Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering, Germany
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
IPR Praha-Prague Institute of Planning and Development, Czech Republic
IRE-Regional Agency for Infrastructures, Urban Regeneration and Energy for Liguria, Italy
LAND-Landscape Architecture Nature Development, Italy
M3S, Italy
Municipality of Genova, Italy
OpenRemote, Netherlands
Ramboll, Finnland
RINA Consulting, Italy
TU/e-Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
UAVR-University of Aveiro, Portugal
UBATEC, Argentina
USTUTT-University of Stuttgart, Germany
VTT-Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finnland


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Published in Climate-ADAPT Apr 03 2019   -   Last Modified in Climate-ADAPT Apr 04 2024

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