About the Project


ProGIreg uses nature for urban regeneration with and for citizens.


The project was funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme and ran from June 2018 until November 2023. ProGIreg stands for ‘productive Green Infrastructure for post-industrial urban regeneration’: nature for renewal.

Innovation in four front-runner cities

Dortmund (Germany), Turin (Italy), Zagreb (Croatia) and Ningbo (China) hosted Living Labs in post-industrial districts where nature-based solutions were developed, tested and implemented.

Global cities working together

Cascais (Portugal), Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Piraeus (Greece) and Zenica (Bosnia and Herzegovina) closely followed the progress in the Living Labs and engaged in city-to-city exchange to replicate the nature-based solutions.

Nature-based solutions have huge potential to address technical, social and economic challenges and to make urban transformation work with and for citizens.

Productive green infrastructure

In our front-runner cities, eight different nature-based solutions created productive green infrastructure that not only helped improve living conditions and reduce vulnerability to climate change, but also provided measurable economic benefits to citizens and entrepreneurs in post-industrial urban districts.

Co-creation for urban regeneration

Together, local citizens, governments, businesses, NGOs and universities designed and implemented the nature-based solutions.

MOOC - Nature-based urban regeneration

The proGIreg MOOC on edX gathers the best practices of the proGIreg Living Labs in one place. The course covers collaborative design, implementation and evaluation of nature-based solutions (NbS) for urban renewal with local communities. Watch the trailer below and access course details here.

Self-sustaining business models

ProGIreg developed self-sustaining business models for nature-based solutions, based on scientific assessment of the multiple benefits they provide for social, ecological and economic regeneration.

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.