Creating Green Cities

Creating Green Cities

All hands on deck: governing urban green

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The city of Barcelona has an entire strategy dedicated to taking care of its trees, called the Tree Masterplan. To create this Masterplan, the city talked to over 700 different people - from gardeners to urban planners and from restaurant owners to street cleaners - to understand their needs, viewpoints and opinions on this topic. In the Swedish city of Malmö, the Municipal Housing Company has gone a step further and is actively engaging everyone from local residents to utility companies to design and implement blue and green features in its neighbourhoods.

In this episode of the Creating Green Cities podcast, we talk about the governance of urban nature-based solutions. While there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to governance, there is strong evidence supporting the added value of involving various actors in collaborative approaches when implementing and managing nature-based solutions. The episode features interviews with Gabino Carballo from the team behind Municipality of Barcelona’s “Tree Master Plan”, Tanja Hasselmark Mason and Mikaela Gomez from the Swedish Green Roof Institute in Malmö and Logan Strenchock, Environmental and Sustainability Officer at the Central European University in Budapest. Our podcast guests discuss the keys to success in creating and managing initiatives related to urban nature and why it is worth it to engage many different people in the process.

Learn more:

Taking action – lessons from NATURVATION project:

Urban Nature online course:


Ecologic Institute:

This project has been funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 730243.


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About this podcast

We all want our cities to be greener, but how does this look in practice and what do we need to get there? The Creating Green Cities podcast takes you on a journey into the world of nature-based solutions and shows how they can be used to bring nature into cities for the benefit of society and the environment alike. We talk to guests from Barcelona, Budapest, Malmö and Utrecht to learn more about the implementation of these urban innovations across Europe.

The podcast has been created by the Ecologic Institute ( as part of NATURVATION (, an EU-funded research project focusing on urban nature-based innovation. If you want to learn even more about nature-based solutions than we touch on in the podcast, subscribe to “Urban Nature”, a free online course on nature-based solutions from NATURVATION:

This project has been funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 730243.

by Ewa Iwaszuk, Karl Lehmann; Ecologic Institute


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