What is UNaLab?

The UNaLab Consortium is comprised of 28 partners from 10 cities across Europe and beyond, including municipalities, research, business and industry. The UNaLab partner cities are committed to address climate and water related urban challenges with an innovative and citizen-driven approach. The UNaLab cities aim to develop smarter, more inclusive, more resilient and increasingly sustainable societies through innovative nature-based solutions.

UNaLab Logo

Objectives

The three front-runner cities - Eindhoven, Tampere and Genova - are through the establishment of Urban Living Lab (ULL) demonstration areas experimenting, demonstrating and evaluating a range of different nature-based solutions targeting climate change mitigation and adaptation along with the sustainable management of water resources. These solutions have been co-created with and for local stakeholders and citizens.

The front-runner cities actively collaborate and share their experiences with the five European follower cities - Stavanger, Prague, Castellón, Cannes and Başakşehir - and support them in their development of individual NBS roadmaps, which is done in a co-creation approach. The non-European follower cities and the observers actively learn from the European NBS approach, which will enable the creation of a global NBS marketplace.

The project results will enable the development of a European NBS Reference Framework on benefits, cost-effectiveness, economic viability and replicability of nature-based solutions.

ERRIN's Role

ERRIN is responsible for the UNaLab project's communication and dissemination activities. This includes managing the project's website and social media channels; developing promotional material and publications; organising and participating in events; engaging in promotional activities; stakeholder engagement; and fostering replication.

The project will produce a wide range of information, best practices, tools and guidelines which will be gathered in a Replication Framework and which will guide cities across Europe and beyond in developing and implementing their own co-created nature-based solutions. ERRIN's role is to contribute to the general discussions around the potential of nature-based solutions, and to disseminate the resources deriving from the project towards relevant stakeholder groups in an innovative and effective way.

Co-creation workshop at the EU Week of Regions & Cities

Our Project Team

Our staff members leading on the UNaLab project

Heidi Johansson

Heidi Johansson

Project Manager

Rayn Titley

Ryan Titley

Project Support

Latest Updates

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Co-creating Smart Nature-based Liveable Spaces – Necessary Solutions for Real-life Challenges

This interactive workshop will bring together relevant stakeholders from municipalities, academia and businesses to address real life climate issues, which today's European smart cities are facing. Through a facilitated gamified co-creation tool – the CoCo-toolkit, participants will explore pre-selected urban challenges.

  • By Heidi Johansson

Living Labbers Webinar #9: UNaLab NBS in the City of Eindhoven

The Living Labbers webinar series of the European Network of Living Labs showcases the variety of living labs across the globe.