CLEVER Cities - „Co-designing Locally tailored Ecological solutions for Value added, socially inclusivE Regeneration in Cities”

Project management:



Dr. Anne Rödl

Sebastian Drünert, M.Sc.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Kaltschmitt

Funding:European Commission- Horizon 2020

Project partners:


34 project partners from 11 countries in and outside the EU, including municipal administrations in Hamburg (Germany), London (United Kingdom), Milan (Italy), Belgrade (Serbia), Larissa (Greece), Madrid (Spain), Malmö (Sweden), Sfantu Gheorghe (Romania), Quito (Ecuador), universities and private consulting firms (e.g. STEG, HWWI, Green4Cities, ICLEI, Tecnalia).
A detailed description of the project partners can be found at.

Project volume: 5 years
Project term: 06/2018 - 05/2023

The project CLEVER Cities stands for „Co-designing Locally tailored Ecological solutions for Value added, socially inclusivE Regeneration in Cities” is one of 9 projects in the current Horizon2020 funding sheme of the European Commission on "Nature Based Solutions".

"Nature Based Solutions" (NBS) are solutions inspired by nature or in harmony with nature, which help to master social challenges. These solutions contribute to bringing nature into cities. This could be for example the greening of previously unused open spaces. On the one hand, new urban green can create recreational and meeting spaces, while at the same time opening up new habitats for plants and animals. NBS are inexpensive and have even more social and economic advantages. NBS are energy and resource efficient and resistant to change, but to be successful they must be adapted to local conditions.

The aim of the CLEVER Cities project is to promote sustainable and social inclusive urban regeneration through locally tailored nature-based solutions. The aim is to bring nature and nature conservation areas to life without increasing the pressure on them. The potential of nature-based solutions will be tested in terms of technical, social and economic innovation. This is being done in the so called front runner cities of Hamburg, London and Milan. The experience gained there will subsequently be adopted and adapted by other cities. In addition to the administrations of the various cities, a large number of other partners are contributing their skills, expertise and experience to the project. The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg (FHH) is in charge of the overall project and coordinates the cooperation of the various project partners.

The Hamburg project area is located in Neugraben-Fischbek. The Hamburg team consists of the following state actors: Senate Chancellery (SK), Environment and Energy Authority (BUE), Harburg District Office (BA) and State Geoinformation and Surveying Office (LGV), STEG Hamburg, HafenCity University (HCU), Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) and Hamburg World Economic Institute (HWWI). The TUHH involves both the Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and the Institute of Environmental Technology and Energy Economics (IUE). The IUE coordinates the local monitoring activities and takes care of the definition of measurable indicators to measure the progress and success of the project. Furthermore, in cooperation with the HCU, a theoretical framework for the transparent and harmonised determination of indicators for the evaluation of NBS is being developed.