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The URBiNAT Healthy Corridors being co-designed with residents and stakeholders in the districts of Campanhã (Porto), Nantes Nord (Nantes) and Nadezhda (Sofia) are one decisive step closer to becoming fully functional, living realities. In recent weeks draft urban plans have been drawn up, revealing for the first time the main conceptual and functional attributes of each corridor, each with its own specific cluster of  Technological, Territorial, Participatory and Social & Solidarity Economy Nature-Based Solutions. 

In Nantes Nord, plans include the repurposing of public spaces between residential buildings, notably with a view to reinforcing social cohesion, creating plots for urban agriculture, and an experimental plant nursery in a rooftop greenhouse. In Campanhã, teams on the ground have been working with local schools as part of a drive to boost the involvement of children in the co-selection of NBS and the transformation of their neighbourhoods. And in the district of Nadezhda citizens have seized on the idea of co-creating a school pavilion, a process that's well under way in coordination with URBiNAT partner and NBS-oriented design experts at IAAC (Barcelona).

Meanwhile, in our four Follower cities, URBiNAT’s local scientific partners are working with municipal technicians and representatives to conduct the first, “local diagnostic” stage of their projects. Each city is redoubling efforts to raise awareness through online webinars and opportunities for open dialogue to promote the active participation of citizens in co-creation processes.

Since early April partners in Siena have been hosting an eight-part series of public webinars on the theme of Paths, Meetings, and Reflections on Environmental, Social, and Economic Sustainability. In Brussels collaborations are growing with local actors, including local hip hop artists, women’s groups, community associations, and cultural centers, in order to build inclusive and convivial public spaces together. In Høje-Taastrup which has a well-established culture of citizen-engagement in urban planning, URBiNAT is providing an opportunity to explore the potential of NBS in generating new knowledge about the neighborhood and cultivating new relations between neighbors. And in Nova Gorica, recently selected as European Capital of Culture 2025,  partners working on the restoration of an ancient stream are raising awareness about the cultural heritage dimension, as well as the ecological services that will be derived. 

Looking ahead our events management coordinators have started working on the organisation of two URBiNAT public events, the first in Milan (17-18 June 2022), the second in Porto in late 2023. These events will be open to all and specially aimed at our diverse target audiences including citizens, academics, urban planners, environmental planners, policy makers and the representatives of sister-H2020 projects. Related calls for papers and conference programmes will be announced shortly via the website.

So all in all, despite the inevitable COVID-related complications and delays along the way, things are moving along steadily.

Keep well and don’t hesitate to get in contact, one way or another, to help out in the co-creation process!

Saudações! Greetings! Saluti! Salutations ! Groeten! Поздравления! Vær hilset!  Pozdravi! با درود



URBiNAT WEBSITE: Many new blog posts in our NEWS section:

  • COVID-19: Reflections from each URBiNAT city on the impact of the pandemic.
  • Curitiba (Brazil), Observer City report on the pandemic
  • Digital Enablers: Ongoing series of posts on URBiNAT's approach.
  • Human Rights & Gender: Contributions on gender and intersectional approaches
NANTES: URBiNAT concepts, co-creation methods, and plans for local Healthy Corridor to be featured prominently in Pintemps du Projet Global, from 17 to 21 May .
PORTO: EduCommunication training for urban regeneration with young people. 
SOFIA: Publication of new peer-reviewed paper on Urban morphology and mobility patterns-myths and real-life transformations of a large housing estate in Sofia
Details on individual city pages on the project website.
  • During April and May Siena has been hosting an eight-part webinar series with local stakeholders. 
  • Høje-Taastrup: competing for title of Denmark's "wildest municipality

COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE: Continued regular contacts with H2020 sister projects, notably through Task Forces 1 - 6. TF2: Contribution to European Commission Handbook on Evaluating the Impact of the NBS (see below). TF3: Contribution to EU guidance on public procurement for nature-based solutions. TF4: Regular coordination meetings with other "NBS Communicators". TF6: Meeting on Co-Creation and Governance (25/01) coordinated by URBiNAT, heading to the development of a  WIKI on co-creation in spatial planning for an inclusive nature based regeneration.’

Recent Deliverables

  • D5.2: URBiNAT Observatory. Ongoing Monitoring and Evaluation Platform
  • Milestone 3: Digital Platforms and Participatory Handbook 
Public project deliverables are available via the RESOURCES page on the website


Click for complete list of URBiNAT events
  • ONLINE SEMINAR SERIES: Solidarity Economy for urban regeneration in times of uncertainty. To be held on 2, 4 & 7 June 2021. Open to all.
  • From Bauhaus to the New House. Post-Covid Landscape. URBiNAT to be presented by Gonçalo Canto Moniz at European Conference for Architectural Policies. Lisbon, 8 & 9 June.


Click for resource archive
Eight-part webinar series organised by the City of Siena and local partners, including researchers and citizen's associations involved in the co-design of a Healthy Corridor for the district of Ravacciano. Complete series HERE
URBiNAT Partners contributed, with the representatives of 17 EU-funded projects, to the elaboration of this Handbook for Practitioners on Evaluating the Impact of Nature-Based Solutions, released on 4 May 2021
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The URBiNAT project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 776783