This almost homonymous project, supported within the framework of the H2020 programme, bringing together partners from all over Europe, including CEREMA, is working on the integration of Nature-based Solutions in urban planning.
It provides a collaborative platform and different tools adapted to different types of actors: local authorities, experts, citizens to integrate these issues into all public policies.
Indeed, the benefits provided by Nature-Based Solutions, which promote the development of living beings, are numerous and these solutions, inspired or supported by nature, meet a strong citizen demand for nature in cities, contribute to climatic comfort, to the attractiveness of a neighbourhood, can provide resources, contribute to the local economy and play a social role.
They can be deployed at different scales, from the city to the building, contribute to a dynamic with the inhabitants and are interconnected.
The project provides a knowledge base on nature-based solutions, promotes the sharing of good practices, offers decision support tools to implement these solutions and new governance models as well as an overall evaluation framework for nature-based solutions.
An important aspect of the Nature4Cities project is to foster efficient and socially accepted solutions that are economically viable. A tool, Citizens Say, is being developed to support project leaders in their relations with citizens, choose a mode of governance and interact with the inhabitants.
Among the tools already available
- GreenPass, which enables the impact of Nature-Based Solutions on the urban environment to be assessed,
- Coloree Tool, which enables urban plots to be analysed with regard to the possibility of implementing nature-based solutions,
- Epesus, which uses big data to support decision making in the circular economy,
- NBenefit$, to assess the ecosystem services of Nature-Based Solutions from a financial and biophysical perspective.
- Geocluster4NBS which allows the pre-selection, according to local constraints, of typical Nature-Based Solutions already implemented and to verify that they are adaptable elsewhere.
- A step by step guide (guide étape par étape) for the realisation of inclusive developments that allow for citizen participation. A tool, EQoL scale, to assess the acceptance of the inhabitants towards the projects.
- A guide to the design and implementation of Nature-Based Solutions projects ( guide sur la conception et la mise en œuvre des projets) based on case studies.
- A database of implementation models of these solutions around the world (base de données des modèles de mise en œuvre),from which a dynamic tool is being developed.
- The Nature-Based Solutions database (base de données des Solutions Fondées sur la Nature), in the form of a dynamic rosette, linked to a series of practical information sheets.
This dynamic rosette (rosace dynamique) allows nature-based solutions to be explored in terms of the benefits they bring, and reveals the many interactions:
- Developing the green economy,
- Climate issues,
- Water management and quality,
- Air quality,
- Biodiversity and urban spaces,
- Soil management,
- Resource efficiency,
- Public health and well-being,
- Environmental justice and social cohesion,
- Urban planning and governance,
- Safety of the population.
By clicking on the different solutions, the benefits and co-benefits they bring are shown.
To find out more about the Nature4Cities | nature4cities project : Le projet Nature4Cities | nature4cities