Population: 3.1 million
Madrid is the political, cultural and economic capital of Spain. It is located in the centre of the country to the south of the Guadarrama Mountains.
The challenges and vision
After decades of intense expansion in the southern and eastern peripheries, the city has turned to focus on regeneration in the inner-city and more vulnerable areas.
Madrid’s new urban vision for the city focusses on climate change adaptation and making these residential neighbourhoods more livable for all through nature-based solutions.
CLEVER Cities plans
Through CLEVER Cities, Madrid is planning the urban regeneration of the area of Pradolongo in the south-eastern Usera district (approx. 134,000 inhabitants).
A green corridor
The aim is to create a green corridor between two of the most important parks in the Usera district: Madrid Río and Pradolongo. This area between the parks is currently one of the most built up areas of the district with the least amount of green space. This project ‘Itinerario del Río a Pradolongo’ intends to use an integral approach by developing a public space which is both livable and adapted to climate change. The planned nature-based solutions interventions will, among other things, improve the micro-climate of the area and accessibility to pedestrian areas.
The Madrid-wide plan also includes a complementary monitoring system, which will evaluate changes to the use of public space and social behaviour, climatic conditions, mobility, rainwater management and other elements.
The intention is to replicate this pilot experience in other areas of the city with similar challenges such as a lack of and low quality public spaces, social degradation and a high vulnerability towards climate change.
Latest news from Madrid
Early Pioneers: CLEVER Fellow Cities blaze possible trails towards the EU Urban Greening Plans
27 August 2021
To help reverse biodiversity loss within and around urban areas, the EU has called on European cities of more than 20,000 inhabitants to develop ambitious Urban Greening Plans in support of its Biodiversity Strategy for 2030.
Through their involvement in CLEVER Cities, the project’s Fellow Cities Belgrade (Serbia), Larissa (Greece), Madrid (Spain), Malmö (Sweden) and Sfântu Gheorghe (Romania) are conducting pioneer work that is already making significant contributions to the EU Urban Greening Plans initiative. So is Quito (Ecuador), the only non-European Fellow in CLEVER Cities.