Adaptive Cities Through integrated Nature Based Solutions (ACT on NBS)

The project Adaptive Cities Through integrated Nature Based Solutions (ACT on NBS) from EIT-Climate KIC, aims to scale nature-based solutions (NBS) in cities. In collaboration with Dutch and European cities, researchers and other stakeholders, a growing and sustainable innovation ecosystem is being developed to improve health and wellbeing for citizens, higher urban biodiversity and lower impacts from climate change in cities.

Global agreements place unprecedented importance on actions to help society adapt, and that all countries and cities do their part to promote greater climate resilience. Climate adaptation involves a range of interventions, such as nature-based solutions (NBS), that can be taken to reduce the vulnerability of society and to improve urban resilience. NBS are natural or nature-inspired solutions that provide multiple benefits simultaneously.

Despite the opportunities presented by NBS, and the need for adaptation measures, the deployment of NBS within urban environments remains limited. By bringing together key stakeholders from EIT-Climate KIC's community, an Innovation Ecosystem is being developed to create a space for partners to build on existing initiatives to rapidly upscale the application of NBS within cities.

The ACT on NBS project has 5 key interlocking activities. These are designed as learning networked experiments to together increase NBS uptake and grow a successful innovation ecosystem:

  1. The establishment of a knowledge sharing platform to stimulate and facilitate new initiatives;
  2. Building Capacities and technical assistance to create the conditions for greater uptake of NBS within municipalities including through cross-department understanding, procurement and communication with the public;
  3. Review and assessment of tools that support greater uptake of NBS and climate resilience. The research will be disseminated through workshops, international events and a Climathon;
  4. Connecting, accelerating and scaling NBS start-up businesses by matching their innovations with climate challenges faced by municipalities;
  5. Promoting collective intelligence and co-creation for NBS through new channels of awareness and multi-actor engagement.

Consortium: TU Delft (Project leader), The Ecological Sequestration Trust (Project leader), Climate KIC, Wageningen Environmental Research (WP3 leader), Stichting Deltares, Alma Mater Studiorum-Università di Bologna, Stiftung Global Infrastructure Basel, Infrastrutture Recupero Energia Agenzia Regionale Ligure, Technical University of Madrid, Icatalist.

Cities involved: Amsterdam, Bologna, Bratislava, La Spezia, London, Madrid, Milan, Nicosia, Orleans Metropole, Prague, Savona, Torino, Union of cities in Slovakia, Utrecht, Valladolid, Vejle, Warsaw and others.

Sponsors: This work receives financial support from EIT-Climate KIC. WENR receives co-financing from Amsterdam Institute for Advance Metropolitan Solutions (AMS) and from the Wageningen University Knowledge Base programme: KB36 Biodiversity in a Nature Inclusive Society (project number KB36-005-005) - that is supported by finance from the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.