Through co-creation techniques with stakeholders (including citizens) and implementation of living labs, the UNaLab project will develop a European framework of robust and replicable nature-based solutions for making cities resilient to climate change and environmentally sound management of water in emergency contexts.
UNaLab focuses on the ecological management of water on an urban scale, along with the adoption of "green" measures and inclusive and innovative nature-based solutions.
UNaLab includes a smart network comprising ten cities with different problems of resilience, which will demonstrate the innovation of the UNaLab framework in the local context and its replicability in other cities with similar contexts.
The three front runner UNaLab cities (Tampere, Eindhoven and Genoa) have been adopting smart solutions for sustainable development, and through the UNaLab framework will enhance their resilience and support seven follower cities: Stavanger, Prague, Castellon, Cannes, Basaksehir, Hong Kong and Buenos Aires. The three front runner cities will also share their experience with observer cities such as Guangzhou and the Brazilian Smart Cities network.
The results of UNaLab will impact on different urban socio-economic situations that differ in size, problems and climatic conditions. In order to create a test environment and European reference go-to-market for nature-based solutions, UNaLab will use and further develop the Urban Living Lab model of ENoLL and the "European Awareness Workshop Scenario" method for co-creating solutions, thus giving rise to a technological ICT toolbox and a set of nature-based solutions ready to be adopted in cities.
The UNaLab consortium comprises 29 partners from 12 European Union member states and 3 non-European states.
Engineering is the leading reference technological partner, will provide the platform for co-creation of nature-based solutions and will guide other ICT partners in finalizing the entire UNaLab technological framework.
The UNaLab project is co-funded by the European Union under the H2020 research program.