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This June, representatives from the city of Malmö, Sweden and Sfântu Gheorge gathered in Hamburg for an in person tour of local CLEVER and city nature-based solutions (NbS) and climate adaptation initiatives. The short but informative study visit began with a trip to Hamburg Neugraben-Fischbek. This neighborhood, located in the southern part of Hamburg, is more residential than the inner city, and typically offers more affordable housing prices. Though quite green to begin with, biodiversity -a core component of any NbS intervention- was not a primary concern prior to the start of CLEVER.

To integrate landscape and community priorities into the neighborhood, CLEVER Hamburg built a series of interventions linked by a parcours–a trail with informational signs that can be biked or walked. Participants, hailing from city administrations, schools, and environmental departments, followed the parcours and investigated a nature playground, school garden and aquaponics site, and sustainable urban drains.

On the following days, the city of Hamburg played host, guiding visitors through the innovative waterfront of Hafen (Harbor) City Hamburg, outlining innovative ways of making data collection participatory, and highlighting how the city is considering NbS interventions when working to improve their stormwater management practices.

Curious to learn more? Attend the CLEVER Cities final conference to hear the cities’ main takeaways.

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