Promoting innovation for bright urban futures

Alongside our primary work with European national governments, the EUKN collaborates with international partners to underpin and foster innovation in sustainable urban development. We are proud to work with our valued partner network, focusing on agenda-setting research in Europe and beyond. 

Explore our recent external projects below, and contact us at if you’re interested in us joining one of your upcoming projects.


GoGreenNext is a Horizon Europe project aimed at future proofing urban health across Europe and North America. It will deliver a comprehensive policy-oriented approach to evidence how ecosystem health and human health are connected. Supporting the development of innovative policies and pilots in four biogeographic regions in Europe, the project will address the nexus between biodiversity, climate, and planetary health. Specifically, the project will work to reverse environmental degradation through implementing nature-based solutions (NBS) and collaborating with global initiatives, particularly in urban areas most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Cities offer an opportunity to accelerate the implementation of current solutions aligned with emerging strategies and policy initiatives (e.g. New European Bauhaus, 100 Climate Neutral and Smart Cities) combining to form what is termed a justgreen transition. EUKN will support the activities of GoGreenNext’s Policy Impact Hub to develop and test multidimensional policies aligned to climate, environmental and planetary health objectives. It will also contribute to building stakeholders’ capacities to implement holistic participatory evaluations of NBS interventions. 

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NATURO is a collaborative 3-year project funded by the European Driving Urban Transitions Partnership (DUT), aimed at empowering marginalized urban communities through nature-based solution. Collaborating with local governments and research and dissemination partners, the project seeks to develop a strategic framework for capacity building and enabling local governments and stakeholders to implement effective NBS initiatives that facilitate the inclusion of marginalized groups in the three cities involved in the project: Velenje in Slovenia, Den Bosch in the Netherlands and Tyresö in Sweden. These cities via create Micro Urban Living Labs (MULLs) to promote reflexive governance and co-creation of urban spaces. By fostering engagement at local, national, and transnational levels, the project seeks to co-produce knowledge that can inform equitable NBS planning and management practices across Europe. The EUKN is will facilitate the upscaling and upgrading of the project to promote NBS in integrated urban development projects and policies.

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Conexus is a collaboration between European and Latin American partners across seven cities that is exploring the viability of using nature-based solutions to restore urban areas. Among others, projects include conserving urban forests to restore rivers and improve drainage and making neglected spaces accessible to boost human wellbeing and increase climate resilience. In the spirit of developing an approach that can inform future NBS implementation, Conexus seeks to develop inclusive working methods aimed at mutual learning and partnership building. The EUKN is leading efforts to build common infrastructure and capacity for knowledge exchange and resource sharing between the diverse groups involved. In 2023, the EUKN conducted research on the links between local NBS and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (soon to be published), highlighting many synergies and opportunities for localisation and policy integration.

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Greening Cities Partnership

The Greening Cities Partnership – launched in 2022 as part of The Urban Agenda for the EU – comprises representatives of different European cities, Member States, European Commission DGs, and other key urban stakeholders such as the EUKN. These partners will focus their work on green and blue infrastructure in an urban context, exploring links to priority sectors such as the built environment, sustainable transport, water management, and urban agriculture. The new Partnership will also address the problems and needs of cities with regard to biodiversity preservation and adaptation to climate change. In 2023, the EUKN met with Greening Cities partners in person for the first time, contributed to the publication of the orientation paper and a successful event during the European Week of Regions and Cities as well as collaborating with others to develop the partnership’s action plan

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