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Responding to the EU-call on the development of "Nature-based Solutions" (NBS), IKED together with friends and partners in Portugal, France, Italy and Demark, initiated 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". URBiNAT is one of four winning teams set to start a 4-year project work on June 1st , 2018, drawing on an overall budget slightly above 13 MEuro.

Building on a global consortium of academic and business partners, URBiNAT includes 7 European cities that will serve as living laboratories to implement "healthy corridor" solutions in well identified social housing neighbourhoods. In total, the final consortium includes 29 official partner organisations as well as several associated observers, spanning both the EU and non-EU countries (see Figure 1).

URBINAT

The objective of URBiNAT is to put in place an effective agenda for the regeneration and integration of social housing and city areas, through an innovative and inclusive catalogue of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS), ensuring sustainability and mobilising driving forces for social cohesion. Interventions will be centred in the public space to co-create with citizens in the development of new urban, social and nature-based relations between different neighbourhoods. Acting with the physical, mental and social well-being of citizens as its main goal, healthy corridors will be co-created using community-driven design processes.

So-called living laboratories will assess NBS ecological, cultural, social and economic impacts. From west to east, the cities of Porto, Nantes and Sofia will act as "frontrunners", due to their demonstrated experience on public space with NBS. From north to south, the cities of Siena, Brussels, Nova Gorica and Høje-Taastrup will share and replicate the URBiNAT concepts and methodologies, acting as “followers” (figure 7). The cities will be complementarily supported by local partners, associations and research centres, as well as by horizontal centres, universities and companies. These will create a living lab (WP2), deliver a multichannel strategy for active citizenship (WP3), implement a healthy corridor and a NBS catalogue (WP4), while monitoring impacts (WP5), disseminating knowledge (WP6) and marketing solutions (WP7), as results. Together, they form an inclusive community of practices (CoP) in articulation with non-European partners, including in China and Iran as well as with NBS observers, based in Brazil, Japan, and Oman, bringing a broad range of experience and an international dimension of the project.

While active in most working parties, IKED will play a central role in the application of "smart" digital tools for citizen engagement, to be interwoven with aspects of social economy initiatives, social innovation for value-generation, incubation and business development. In addition, IKED holds the coordinating role with regard to non-EU partners, i.e. Brazil, China, Iran, Japan and Oman.
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