Dortmund, Germany

Population: 600,000


Located in the Ruhr region, Germany’s largest urban area, Dortmund is a former centre for coal mining, steel industry and beer production, and is known for its cultural diversity due to its industrial history. With the last steel mill closing in 2001, Dortmund has become a modern university city with diverse industries ranging from logistics to biomedicine.

Dortmund has partly redeveloped its large brownfield sites - formerly used for industry - into industrial heritage sites, residential areas and green recreational areas. Dortmund has huge natural potential since it is fully surrounded by its green belt – the Emscher park.

The Living Lab: From the Deusenberg to the Huckarde district

Dortmund’s Living Lab area runs along the Emscher river next to the Huckarde district, stretching from the West of the city centre to the former coking plant Hansa and the former Deusenberg landfill site in the North.


The Living Lab’s nature-based solutions:

NBS 1: Transforming former landfill sites
NBS 3: Community urban gardening and farming
NBS 4: Aquaponics
NBS 6: Improving accessibility to green corridors
NBS 8: Pollinator biodiversity

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 innovation action programme under grant agreement no. 776528. The sole responsibility for the content of this website lies with the proGIreg project and in no way reflects the views of the European Union.