Grow Green

Embedding nature-based solutions in cities

GrowGreen is a project funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme for Research and Innovation to create climate and water resilient, healthy, and liveable cities by investing in nature-based solutions. Making nature part of the urban living environment improves quality of life for all citizens and will help business to prosper. High quality green spaces and waterways provide innovative and inspiring solutions to major urban challenges, such as flooding, heat stress, drought, poor air quality and unemployment, and will help biodiversity to flourish.


GrowGreen aims to achieve long-lasting change in cities by integrating nature-based solutions into their long-term planning, development, operation and management.


However, there are still many barriers to the development and implementation of city strategies for nature-based solutions. The GrowGreen partnership, led by Manchester City Council, joins forces with cities and experts in Europe and around the world to overcome these barriers and implement nature-based solutions, to create harmony between people, the economy and the environment.


The main objectives of GrowGreen are to:

1) Contribute to the evidence base of nature-based solutions in cities for cost-effective, replicable means of increasing urban climate and water resilience, social, environmental and economic benefits, to underpin the development of policies and the global market for nature-based solutions

2) Develop an easy-to-use replicable approach to support the development and implementation of nature-based solutions strategies in cities, aligned with existing city priorities

3) Support the creation of the required conditions to support, drive and enable the implementation of city nature-based solutions strategies by awareness raising and capacity building in cities around the world, and by supporting the development of the required policy framework, business models for investment and the global market for nature-based solutions.


GrowGreen works with the cities of Manchester, UK; Valencia, Spain; Wroclaw, Poland; Wuhan, China; Brest, France; Modena, Italy; and Zadar, Croatia to develop case studies of nature-based solutions for climate and water resilience. By establishing demonstration projects in some cities and strategies for nature-based solutions in others, as well as fostering continuous exchange between the cities, GrowGreen will produce an easy to follow approach for replicating their successes.


The GrowGreen project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement number 730283. The project runs from June 2017 to May 2022.


For more information, please visit the GrowGreen website