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Responding to the EU-call on the development of "Nature-based Solutions" (NBS), IKED was part of the original initiative that led to the collaboration that has resulted in "URBiNAT - Healthy corridors as drivers of social housing neighborhoods, for the co-creation of social, environmental and marketable NBS". As one of four winning consortiums in this part of Horizon 2020, URBiNAT began its 5-year project work on June 1st , 2018. The kick-off meeting which took place in Coimbra, Portugal, on June 18-20th, brought together all the main partners and also featured representation by the advisory board. From there on, URBiNAT has continued with a series of activities and meetings, under the leadership of the organisations granted with the responsibility to coordinate the various tasks.

Drawing on an extensive consortium that includes seven European and two non-European cities, along with research organisations, companies and others that bring horizontal competencies (see Figure 1), URBiNAT introduces Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) on the ground, as building blocks for wider "Healthy Corridors". The measures and interventions the project undertake within cities are based on careful "local diagnostic", i.e. mapping and analysis of the specific local issues and needs, as well as on thorough processes of local engagement. In this framework, NBS are not introduced in order to support citizens, they are introduced by citizens on terms that allow for effective co-creation. On this basis, lessons and recommendations are drawn as a basis for new inspiration and mindset change among urban planners and all else engaged in shaping the cities of the future.

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On URBiNAT activities

The activites pursued by URBiNAT are structured in Work Packages (WPs) as outlined in Figure 2. The set-up is held together by the coordinating functions in WP1, led by the University of Coimbra, Portugal. The next layer forms the core of citizen engagement and community development, framed by the integrated agendas of Living Labs and the Community of Practice (CoP) as part of WP2. Participation in WP3 and Healthy Corridors in WP4. The ensuing outer layers feature monitoring in WP5, communication in WP6 and value-creation via policy, incubation and new solutions in WP7. IKED’s main substantive responsibilities concern the CoP, digital enablers for participation, and policy conclusions.

As for the participating cities, from west to east, Porto, Nantes and Sofia act as "frontrunners", drawing on their documented record and experience of public space with NBS. From north to south, the cities of Høje-Taastrup (in greater Copenhagen), Brussels, Nova Gorica and Siena share and replicate the URBiNAT concepts and methodologies, acting as "followers". The cities are closely coordinated with complementary local partners, associations, research centres, and specialised companies. Non-European partners, including in China and Iran, as well as observers based in Brazil, Japan, and Oman, further enrich the experience mobilised and added to through the project activities. Apart from its other responsibilities, IKED holds the coordinating function with regard to the non-EU organisations involved, i.e., in Brazil, China, Iran, Japan and Oman. For an overview of main strategy, see..., and for a more in-depth review, see...

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Fig 2: URBiNAT Work Package Structure

EU-sister projects

Special networks, so-called Task Forces (TF) have been set up under Horizon 2020 between all the major projects related to subject areas entailing Nature Based Solutions (NBS). Adding to the existing ones, IKED engages in developing a 6th Taskforce (TF6) under the umbrella of the European Commission and the H2020 project NetworkNature, which brings together and advances joint work addressing co-creation of NBS and urban regeneration.

URBiNAT partners

The following organisations take active part in URBiNAT:



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