Planning and implementing nature-based solutions

Read the 'Planning and implementing nature-based solutions - summary' report to explore the proGIreg work in planning and implementing nature-based solutions undertaken up to April 2022. The summary is derived from in-depth reports you can explore below.

Spatial Analysis


Before planning and designing nature-based solutions, it is essential to understand their local context . To do so, proGIreg cities have each developed a spatial analysis of their Living Labs and regeneration areas, following the proGIreg methodology and guidelines. Each spatial analysis covers the topics of socio-cultural inclusiveness, human health and wellbeing, ecological and environmental restoration, and the economic and labour market situation. The analyses help to establish the baselines for the impact assessment (see monitoring & assessment).

Spatial analysis methodology (D2.1)

This deliverable presents the methodology, guidelines and a toolkit for developing the spatial analyses in the front-runner and follower cities.


Spatial analysis in front-runner and follower cities (D2.2)

This situation analysis report, based on the methodology developed in D 2.1,  presents the baseline situation in front-runner and follower cities.

Co-design in front-runner cities


Co-design within proGIreg is about the systematic involvement of all relevant stakeholders from the very start of the project. The aim of co-design is to achieve mutually valued outcomes and joint ownership of the nature-based solutions.


Three rounds of workshops have taken place in the front-runner cities to establish the co-design process and bring together relevant stakeholders to engage them in the local co-design process. The proGIreg team will use the experiences of co-designing from the project to create Co-design guidelines for implementing nature-based solutions in cities.

Peer-reviewed study

Urban Living Labs, Circular Economy and Nature-based Solutions: Ideation and Testing of a New Soil in the City of Turin Using a Multi-stakeholder Perspective.

Access on Springer Link.

Case study report - Collaboration in planning nature-based solutions: replication tools for place based urban regeneration

This report delves into collaboration on planning nature-based solutions and how these can be replicated based on proGIreg learnings. The case study report was presented at the 57th ICOCARP World Planning Congress in Doha, Qatar 8-11 November 2021.  Access the full report here.

Co-designing NBS (D2.3)

This report summarizes key outcomes of the first round of co-design workshops, held in Dortmund, Turin and Zagreb (end 2018).


Co-designing NBS - round two (D2.4)

This report summarizes key outcomes of the second round of co-design workshops (mid 2019). The goal was to clarify the links between innovation and transformation as well as to explore key technical and social innovations in the front-runner cities.


Co-designing NBS - round three (D2.5)

This report summarizes key outcomes of the final round of co-design workshops (end 2019). The focus was on stakeholder engagement, in particular with marginalised groups, and on facilitating a smooth transition from design to implementation phases.


Guidelines for co-designing and co-implementing green infrastructure in urban regeneration processes (D2.10)

This guidance covers how to initiate, steer and organize collaborative co-design processes for local NBS, together with various stakeholders in any given city .


Co-creation roadmap and regeneration strategies in follower cities


Follower cities will build on the evidence and knowledge base generated in the front-runner cities, to develop their own local  urban plans for replicating and adapting  nature-based solutions to suit their local settings.

Roadmap towards urban planning in Follower Cities (D2.6)

This report provides a replication methodology to support proGIreg Follower Cities, throughout the process of developing Urban Plans. The Urban Plans will represent tailor-made strategies, co-created together with local stakeholders that will support and facilitate the implementation of NBS at local level.


Report on the Follower Cities' stakeholder set-up (D2.7)

This report provides an overview of the first process steps towards the development of Urban Plans in the four proGIreg Follower Cities.


Mid-term report on the implementation process of the urban plans in Follower Cities (D2.8)

This report documents process results in each Follower City over the course of 2022, following the methodology developed in D2.6 and D2.7. The will contribute to the development of final Urban Regeneration Plans in each Follower City.


Report on the final Urban Plans in Follower Cities (D2.9)

The report on provides a comprehensive overview of the final output and results (Urban Plans) of the Follower cities’ (FC) 2-year replication process of nature-based solutions.


Implementing nature-based solutions


The proGIreg team has developed a common methodology for implementing nature-based solutions. Front-runner cities are creating  locally-integrated implementation plans for the Living Labs following this common methodology.
Monitoring reports reflect and update the status of the implementation, including challenges faced.

Implementation methodology (D3.1)

This report provides a common methodology and structure to be used for planning the implementation of nature-based solutions in post-industrial areas.


FRC Implementation Plan (D3.2)

The following document gathers the Living Lab Implementation Plan (IP) of proGIreg project realized by the Frontrunner Cities: Dortmund (D), Ningbo (CHN), Turin (ITA) and Zagreb (HRV). This Deliverable was designed as a report following the working methodology proposed by the D. 3.1 (Common methodology for implementation).


Implementation Monitoring Report n.1 (D3.3)

This report introduces the goals, the activities and the methodology used to set the monitoring activities for the proGIreg NBS implementation by giving also some intermediate results.


Implementation Monitoring Report n.2 (D3.4)

This second report presents the results of the WP3 monitoring activities, with a focus on the situation in May/June 2021.


Four Implemented LLs in Dortmund, Turin, Zagreb, Ningbo with running NBS (D3.5)

Thie report presents the demonstrators of the NBS implementation process in each Living Lab of the four FRC, summarising the information gathered during all implementation phases.


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.