UNaLab – Urban Nature Labs


External coordinator

Investigador Responsável CESAM

Peter Cornelis Roebeling


Horizon 2020 Innovation Action (topic call: SCC-02-2016-2017 - Demonstrating innovative nature-based solutions in cities)


01/06/2017 - 31/05/2022

Financiamento para o CESAM

485300 €

Financiamento Total

14278699 €

Entidade Financiadora

EC - European Commission

Instituição Proponente

Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT)

Instituições Participantes

  • Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Forderung der Angewandten Forschung e.V, Germany
  • Gemeente Eindhovem, The Netherlands
  • Comune di Genova, Italy
  • Tampereen Kaupunki, Finland
  • Stavanger Commune, Norway
  • Ayuntamiento de Castellón de la Plana, Spain
  • Mairie de Cannes, France
  • Institut Planovani a Rozvoje Hlavniho Mesta Prahy, Czech Republic
  • T.C. Basaksehir Belediyesi, Turkey
  • European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL), Belgium
  • European Regions Research and Innovation Network, Belgium
  • Land Milano, Italy
  • Engineering - Ingegneria Informatica SPA, Italy
  • M3S SRL, Italy
  • Ramboll Management Consulting (RAM; FI)
  • Innovation HUB (OPENREMOTE), Netherlands
  • !MPULS, Netherlands
  • D’Appolonia SPA, Italy
  • Infrastutture Recupero Energia Agenzia Regionale Ligure SPA, Italy
  • Parc Científic, Tecnològic i Empresarial de la Universitat Jaume i de Castelló, Spain
  • Hlavní Mesto Praha, Czech Republic
  • Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Universitaet Stuttgart, Germany
  • Lulea Tekniska Universitet, Sweden
  • Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong Ltd, Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hing Kong
  • Ubatec SA, Argentina
  • City of Guangzhou, China
  • Network of Brazilian Intelligent Cities, Brazil



UNaLab will develop, via co-creation with stakeholders and implementation of ‘living lab’ demonstration areas, a robust evidence base and European framework of innovative, replicable, and locally-attuned nature-based solutions (NBSs) to enhance the climate and water resilience of cities. UNaLab focuses on urban ecological water management, accompanied with greening measures and innovative and inclusive urban design. The UNaLab partners aim to develop smarter, more inclusive, more resilient and more sustainable local societies through nature based innovation jointly created with and for stakeholders and citizens. UNaLab’s 3 front runner cities: Tampere, Eindhoven and Genova, have a track record in smart and citizen driven solutions for sustainable development. They support 7 follower cities: Stavanger, Prague, Castellon, Cannes, Basaksehir, Hong Kong and Buenos Aires plus share experiences with observers as City of Guangzhou and the Brazilian network of Smart Cities. Therefore UNaLab results will impact on different urban socio-economic realities, with diversity in size, challenges and climate conditions. In order to create an EU reference demonstration and go-to-market environment for NBS, UNaLab will use and further develop the ENoLL Urban Living Lab (ULL) model, and the European Awareness Scenario Workshop method for the co-creation of solutions, and the roadmap approach, in this way achieving an innovative NBS toolbox. Roadmaps will be used in all 10 cities, but in particular serve the follower cities. VTT, with a track record in the field of urban sustainability and Smart Cities, leads UNaLab. The UNaLab consortium is comprised of 29 partners across 12 different European countries and three non-EU countries. The consortium is well-balanced, representing key stakeholders within the value chain of urban challenges and smart, sustainable cities (public bodies, research institutions, large industries, small and medium enterprises.

The University of Aveiro team, including members from the DAO and DCSPT, is responsible for Working Package 3 (WP3) and Task 4.3 (T4.3). The overall objective of WP3 is to monitor and evaluate the measured performance and assess the potential impacts of NBSs in front-runner cities, using key indicators of performance (KPIs) and impact (KIIs) as well as a Systemic Decision Support Tool (SDST) to underpin and support the co-creation of NBS in the face of global change (in particular population growth and climate change). The aims of T4.3 are to develop an NBS Impact Simulator & Monitor, i.e. the UNaLab ICT framework platform representing: i) the ICT platform for visualisation of monitoring data and geo-data published in the UNaLab database; and ii) the user interface underlying the SDST defined in WP3.

membros do CESAM no projeto

Joana Cardoso Ferreira

Investigadora Auxiliar

Maria de Fátima Lopes Alves

Professora Associada com Agregação

Peter Cornelis Roebeling

Investigador Auxiliar