The environmental concept of NBS has recently been identified by the E.U. as a strategic frame to help the development of sustainable cities.

Nature4Cities is one of the two research program selected and funded by the European Union  in order to build a common ground for “NBS & Re-Naturing Cities”, through the H2020 Research and Innovation Programme.


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.


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


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.

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. 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.

Nature4Cities will be useful to:


Improve the Integration of NBS in urban and spatial planning

Build a new and active community network around NBS

Offer high quality decision-support tools for re-naturing cities

Build a holistic assessment framework for NBS

Develop a reference knowledgebase on NBS and Best Practice sharing

Propose new governance, business and financial models for NBS implementation


(products and services)

Give a clear and applied definition for Nature Based Solutions

Provide users with a Database of TRL scaled Nature Based Solutions

Link different Technologies and their Implementation with measurable Key Performance Indicators (KPI´s)

Share Knowledge and Best Practise Examples from European Cities and beyond

Give easy access to Tools and Technologies for various Stakeholder Groups and accelerates Decision Making processes

Link a whole new and unusual community across Europe together and accelerates Co-Creation Processes

Actively support Implementation and Market Uptake of Green Infrastructure across Europe and beyond

Offer a wide range of excellent Technologies for different Climatic zones across Europe

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 730468