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Nature4Cities is a H2020 EU-funded project, creating a comprehensive reference Platform for Nature Based Solutions (NBS), offering technical solutions, methods and tools to empower urban planning decision making. This will help addressing the contemporary environmental, social and economic challenges that face European Cities.

We will bring Nature back into innovation, planning and their implementation. This new governance implies new collaborative models driven by citizens, researchers, policy makers, and industry leaders, utilizing co-creation processes and sharing of Best Practice. Thus, the goal for implementation Projects is a positive balance between economic, environmental and societal benefits and costs.

What is the goal of the project?

The N4C project aims to develop a scientific and technical database and operational tool for the effectiveness of Nature Based Solutions applied in a framework which considers a holistic approach and, which integrates multiple stakeholders.

It intents to produce knowledges and to empower urban projects stakeholders (involved in urban planning/design/management intervention) to take decision. It addresses to scientists, urban decision makers, practitioners and citizens.

What is the result of the project?

Nature4Cities project is based on:
-the building of a NBS knowledge base and associated, integrated analysis framework
-the development of a holistic assessment methodology exploring technical, governance, business, financing models and economic aspects.
-the adaptation of existing technologies for citizen's participatory engagement, urban data acquisition and urban data management
-the co-development and assessment of actual NBS projects and strategies with Partner Cities

Who initiated the project and which organizations are involved?

N4C research team is an interdisciplinary and international team (from 9 countries). The consortium partners take a pro-active part in the EU dynamics of R&D&I, at the crossing of urban green infrastructure planning and construction sector, environmental assessment, social sciences, innovation management and Information and Communication Technology supporting tools.

What is the next step?

All along the 4-years project, researchers, policy makers, planners, professionals from the public and private sector and citizens will work together to develop knowledge, new collaborative models and tools in order to enhance the Re-naturing Cities transition.

What can other cities learn from your project?

The links with and between these stakeholders will contribute to upscale results, share Best-Practices generated by the project and widespread their expertise all over Europe. The knowledge built will remain and be spread through the decision supporting web platform. The project will thus sustain with its full services and operative capacity after the project lifetime.


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Francois Le Guillou

I'd am very interested in being updated with your findings as to new collaborative models. Thanks.