Quito, Ecuador

Population: 1.4 million

Elevated at 2850m above sea on the slopes of the active Pichincha volcano in the Andes mountains, Quito is one of the highest capital cities in the world. Its historical centre is a UNESCO world heritage site.

CLEVER Cities plans

Quito is growing rapidly and the majority of housing developments are informal. As a result, the city is facing challenges in urban planning with insufficient access to public transport and green corridors and public green spaces being built up. As the only non-European fellow city in the project, Quito’s involvement will provide insights into the challenges and opportunities faced in implementing nature-based solutions, from outside of Europe.


CLEVER Cities interventions will focus on the Carmen Grande-Llano Chico district in the north, which has some informal settlements and is prone to natural hazards from large city ravines.