As part of the NATURVATION project, maps were made to show the potential of natural based solutions for mitigation and adaptation to climate change in more than 775 European cities. NATure-based URban innoVATION is a 4-year project, funded by HORIZON 2020 and it involves 14 institutions across Europe. Project’s objctive is contribute to realising the potential of nature-based solutions for responding to urban sustainability challenges by working with communities and stakeholders.

The maps show the quantified potential of natural based solutions, which includes:

  • mitigate heat during a heatwave
  • carbon storage and
  • retain water runoff during a rainfall event.

The maps also quantify the additional benefits of natural solutions for cities like:

  • recreation opportunities,
  • availability of green space to support health and well-being and
  • biodiversity potential.

The maps show that the application of additional green areas and trees to mitigate heat during a heatwaves and increase carbon storage has the greatest potential in Southern Europe, the northern UK, the western Balkans and Turkey, while it is the smallest in Central Europe.

Maps of Zagreb, Osijek, Rijeka, Pula, Zadar and Split, as well as other European cities, can be accessed HERE. At the bottom of the website you can enter the city you want and then you can download a document with maps showing the city’s potential for green spaces, mitigate heat during a heatwaves, carbon storage, retain water runoff during a rainfall event and biodiversity.

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