EU-funded project aiming at improving climatic resilience through nature-based solutions.
LightHouse supports five European cities in co-creating visions & roadmaps for climatic resilience, investigating the co-benefits of nature-based solutions to address multiple challenges.
In the UNaLab project three 'front-runner' cities (Eindhoven, Tampere and Genova) implement nature-based solutions for climate and water resilience in their urban living labs. LightHouse supports five European 'follower' cities (Stavanger, Prague, Castellon, Cannes and Basaksehir) in co-creating visions and roadmaps for climate resilience in their specific local context. Together with Fraunhofer IAO, an in-depth analysis of the context of the city, the desired future scenario and roadmap for implementation of nature-based solution is made.

For a complete overview of the UNaLab project, please visit the official website of the project:
Introduction to UNaLab
UNaLab is a project funded by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. 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 commit to addressing the challenges that cities around the world are facing today, by focusing on climate and water related issues, within an innovative and citizen-driven paradigm. With three demonstration cities, seven replication cities and several observers, the UNaLab project aims to develop smarter, more inclusive, more resilient and increasingly sustainable societies through innovative nature-based solutions (NBS).

The approach
LightHouse is responsible for the co-creation of visions and roadmaps with the follower cities to become climate and water resilient with nature-based solutions. The roadmapping methodologies from LightHouse and methodologies of Fraunhofer are combined to maximise the replication potential of NBS solutions in the follower cities and beyond. For this purpose an in-depth system analysis is performed to gain deep insight in the current situation in the follower cities. A desired future scenario for climate and water resilience is developed and a roadmap is created to identify nature-based solutions that will contribute to achieving the desired future. The replication framework activates the innovation ecosystems in the cities and initiates the co-creation and optimisation of scalable, cost-effective and locally-attuned NBS for improved climate and water resilience.
The approach relies heavily on the involvement of local stakeholders. Stakeholders are involved much earlier, and the involvement is more developed than in more commonly applied strategy development processes. These stakeholders include not only those who benefit from the nature-based solutions, such as citizens themselves, but also relevant research and industry partners. Workshops will be conducted in UNaLab follower cities to support each step, facilitating establishment of a local/regional community of practice engaging key stakeholders in the development of clearly articulated, comprehensive urban strategies for each municipality. Stakeholder participation is a prerequisite for a durable commitment to long-term cooperation and shared responsibility throughout implementation of co-developed plans.
The UNaLab project follows a 6-step approach:
Step 1: Ambition Setting
The aim of this step is to set the ambitions for the follower cities on climate and water resilience and nature-based solutions. An ambition expresses what a city wants to achieve in the future. For this purpose, the ambitions of the participating cities on climate and water resilience in general and nature-based solutions in particular are defined and refined in a process of co-creation with local stakeholders in the individual cities. By involving local stakeholders - both internal stakeholders from relevant departments in the municipality and external stakeholders from relevant companies, organisations and knowledge institutes - the commitment is built for the ambition and future implementation plans.
Step 1 is currently running. The report is expected to be ready mid 2018.
Step 2: Vision Development
The aim of this step is to develop visions for the follower cities on climate resilience. A vision is based on a long-term perspective on the world — in this case we are focusing on 2050. Three main activities take place in this step:
  • Visits to the Urban Living Labs, to inspire the follower cities with the visions and plans of the front-runner cities.
  • Future Telling research and definition of Drivers for Change.
  • Developing desired future scenarios in the city vision workshops.
Step 2 is running in parallel to step 1. The report on Future Telling is expected to be ready mid 2018. The desired future scenarios are expected to be ready by the end of 2018.
Information on the next steps will become available in due course.
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 730052 Topic: SCC-2-2016-2017: Smart Cities and Communities Nature based solutions
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