Urban Nature Labs


Cities around the world are undergoing significant transformations and are facing substantial challenges in the form of urban densification and extreme weather conditions, due to climate change and the ongoing urbanisation. Nature-based solutions (NBS) present an approach to address urban challenges through working with nature, in order to achieve ecological and resilience objectives, while creating opportunities for social and economic innovation concurrently.

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 UNaLab project sets out to provide a framework for future upscaling of nature-based solutions in the demonstration cities, as well as replicate the solutions in seven replication cities. The European replication cities Cannes, Prague, Başakşehir, Castellón and Stavanger, as well as the non-European replication cities Buenos Aires and Hong Kong, will therefore work in collaboration with the demonstration cities to develop individual NBS roadmaps in a co-creation approach. The city Guangzhou and the Network of Brazilian Intelligent Cities will serve as observers and actively learn from the European NBS approach, which will enable the creation of a global NBS marketplace.

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.

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Angewandten Forschung E.V. Germany
Gemeente Eindhoven Netherlands
Comune di Genova Italy
Tampereen Kaupunki Finland
Stavanger Commune Norway
Ayuntamiento de Castellon De La Plana Spain
Commune de Cannes France
Institut Planovani A Rozvoje Hlavniho Mesta Prahy Czechia
Tc Basaksehir Belediyesi Turkey
European Network of Living Labs IVZW Belgium
European Regions Research and Innovation Network ASBL Belgium
Land Italia Srl Italy
Engineering - Ingegneria Informatica Spa Italy
M3S Srl Italy
Ramboll Management Consulting OY Finland
Innohub BV Netherlands
P.G.Kuijpers & Zonen BV Netherlands
Rina Consulting Spa Italy
Infrastrutture Recupero Energia Agenzia Regionale Ligure - I.R.E. Spa Italy
Fundacio General de La Universitat Jaume I Fundacio de La Comunitat Valenciana Spain
Hlavni Mesto Praha Czechia
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven Netherlands
Universidade de Aveiro Portugal
Universitaet Stuttgart Germany
Lulea Tekniska Universitet Sweden
Hong Kong Polytechnic University China