CLEVER Cities are sustainable, open and global

After one year of intensive collaboration, Hamburg, London, Milan, Sfântu Gheorghe, Quito, Madrid, Belgrade, Larissa and Malmö are well on their way to creating clever cities.

Local teams including citizens, businesses, knowledge partners and local authorities have been formed in Hamburg, London and Milan to ensure that the urban transformation process is open, inclusive and tailored to local needs. Sfântu Gheorghe, Quito, Madrid, Belgrade, Larissa and Malmö have started the replication process for green local development with active community participation. Finally, last week, the newest members of the team held a kick-off meeting: the Chinese research team of CLEVER Cities.

Join us on our journey as we transform urban districts into greener spaces that work better for people and communities, inform policy-making and ultimately work for the uptake of nature-based solutions in urban planning world-wide.


Our team

Chinese research teams kick off in Xi’an

A Chinese consortium has officially launched its activities as CLEVER Cities’ Chinese research team, with the aim of improving environmental quality, social inclusiveness, and sustainable economic development.  “China has lots of experience in the regeneration of cities and has made great progress in urban construction; we are glad to share this with the EU. In the meantime, we hope to learn from each other, to make our cities better”, said Professor Feng from Peking University.


Our cities

Thamesmead is set to finally live up to its aspirational beginnings

The 1960s estate in southeast London, possibly best known for its brutalist concrete towers as featured in the famous film 'A Clockwork Orange', never quite lived up to its full potential. This is all about to change. Phil Askew, Director of Landscape for Peabody said ‘working with CLEVER Cities is a fantastic opportunity to add value to our work in Thamesmead.  We are excited by the opportunity to co-design NBS with local communities, experimenting with novel ways of greening the grey, and really understanding what impact these NBS interventions have on our residents’ wellbeing.’   


On the ground

Malmö welcomes fellow cities to kick-off in Lindängen

“Green rush to Lindängen” is the vision that the CLEVER Cities team in Malmö (Sweden) has set for its CLEVER Action Lab. The Malmö team, hosts of the Kick-off Workshop for fellow cities that took place on 16-17 May 2019, presented their vision of a peaceful, healthy, biodiverse and proud neighbourhood, with future headlines covering the green rush to visit Lindängen’s buzzing bee hotels and trails of plants from North to South. The workshop served as the official kick-off for the fellow cities; enabling them to learn from the progress in the front-runner cities, exchange experiences with each other and contribute their own knowledge and expertise to the project.



Poster: guidance on co-creating nature-based solutions (NBS)

The CLEVER Cities team presented a poster (left) on CLEVER Cities co-creation designed for NBS deployment at the European Climate Change Adaptation conference  held in Lisbon on 28-30 May.  


Our thinking

CLEVER Cities teams work on co-creation and monitoring in Bilbao

The CLEVER Cities project is aiming for a new kind of nature-based urban transformation for socially inclusive cities, and a key part of the process is collaboration. To make sure the CLEVER Cities methods and guidelines work for all involved, the CLEVER Cities team gathered in Bilbao (Spain) to coordinate the work on co-creation and co-monitoring impact in the front-runner cities. “The results of the discussions were very fruitful, and will be used as insights for the development of the next steps”, explained Dr. Carolina Cantergiani, Tecnalia.



Roadmap towards the 15th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity

The CLEVER Cities project is sharing its recommendations and outputs with key policymakers through its advocacy work. A milestone document has been produced to structure the project's strategic advocacy work and outlines the key opportunities to share the cities' learnings with the international policy community. CLEVER Cities is contributing to the post 2020 global biodiversity framework through events, policy briefings, multilevel discussions and through the local and subnational Government engagement platform for advancing the Action Agenda for Nature and People and the post 2020 global biodiversity framework. 



12 JUN 19, 14:00


The free European Green Capital Network webinar will include presentations from Network member cities, including on how Hamburg is building 100 hectares of green roofs and how Lisbon implemented its green infrastructure programme and planted 80,000 new trees together with its citizens.

24 JUN 19


Bonn, Germany

The NATURVATION project invites the CLEVER Cities community to participate in a free Nature-based Solutions Peer-Learning Workshop for Cities on 24 June in Bonn.

25 JUN 19


Bonn, Germany

Europe's foremost conference for local governments on adaptation and urban resilience will this year feature a stream dedicated to nature-based solutions.




Coordinator: City of Hamburg

ICLEI Europe CLEVER Cities team


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 innovation action programme under grant agreement No 776604. The sole responsibility for the content of this website lies with the CLEVER Cities project and in no way reflects the views of the European Union.

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