URBAN GreenUP is a project funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Under the coordination of CARTIF Technology Centre, 25 partners from 9 countries are working together to develop a new strategy for re-naturing cities through Nature-Based Solutions. Two of them, Valladolid City Council and Acciona, are active members of Smart  City VyP.

Activities will take place in the three demonstrator cities of Valladolid (Spain), Liverpool (UK) and Izmir (Turkey) and will be replicated across Europe, Latin America and Asia.

The URBAN GreenUP project aims to contribute to the mitigation of climate change risks in cities, increase the resilience to climate change effects and improve air quality. The project will raise awareness about the benefits of re-naturing cities and making cities more sustainable places. “RUP – Re-naturing Urban Plan” is the new keyword, offering a green transformation in cities, through Nature-Based Solutions (NBS). URBAN GreenUP partners will also focus on the “green economy in cities” approach – they want to explore and promote an innovative and dynamic economic concept that supports employment, generates new business models, attracts talent and provides goods and services.

The activities to be planned and carried out in the three demonstrator cities include innovative, technological elements which connect with citizens and improve awareness, in addition to well-being, educational, mentoring and support activities. Solutions generated by the URBAN GreenUP project will be readily transferable to other cities

Project activities will be carried out in the three ‘front-runner’ cities of Valladolid (Spain), Liverpool (United Kingdom) and Izmir (Turkey). The five follower cities Mantova (Italy), Ludwigsburg (Germany), Medellin (Colombia), Chengdu (China) and Binh Dinh-Quy Nhon (Vietnam) will directly learn from these experiences and set up their own re-naturing urban plans. On a third level, cities from Europe and beyond are invited to exchange experiences and learn directly from the URBAN GreenUP findingsand results by joining the URBAN GreenUP cities network.

URBAN GreenUP is coordinated by CARTIF Technology Center and developed in cooperation with 24 other partners: Ayuntamento de Valladolid, Acciona Construcción, Singulargreen SL, CENTA, Confederacion Hidrografica del Duero, Liverpool City Council, Community Forest Trust/The Mersey Forest, The University of Liverpool, Izmir Büyüksehir Belediyesi, Demir Enerji, Ege University, Izmir Institute of Technology, Bitnet Bilisim Hizmetleri Ltd. Siketi, GMV Aerospace and Defence SA, Fondazione iCons, Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, RMIT Vietnam, Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação, Comune di Mantova, Stadt Ludwigsburg, Alcaldía de Medellín, Bin Dinh People’s Committee, Science and Technology Bureau of Chengdu Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone.