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 San Enrique de Velasco district located in the northwestern part of the city, which is a periurban neighbourhood relatively deprived of vegetation due to surrounding ravines and environmental degradation.

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Latest news from Quito

Quito underscores the importance of nature-based solutions in latest Climate Action Plan

3 September 2021

Nature-based solutions (NBS) are emerging as a key tool for cities to holistically address the varied impacts and challenges related to climate change. As the only non-European CLEVER Fellow city, Quito is spearheading the charge in South America – both locally and regionally. To increase knowledge about NBS and help mainstream them into existing policy frameworks, it has enshrined NBS as a priority in its most recent municipal Climate Action Plan (CAP).


The 2020 CAPQ also highlights CLEVER Cities’ role in enabling the promotion and adoption of NBS to foster inclusive urban regeneration and sustainable development in Quito’s San Enrique de Velasco district.


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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.


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Malmö welcomes fellow cities to kick-off in Lindängen

31 May 2019

Malmö Workshop

“Green rush to Lindängen”: this is the vision that the CLEVER Cities team in Malmö (Sweden) has set for its CLEVER Action Lab.  The Malmö team - hosts of the Kick-off Workshop for fellow cities, which took place on 16-17 May 2019 - presented their vision of a peaceful, healthy, biodiverse and proud neighbourhood, with future headlines covering the green rush to visit Lindängen’s buzzing bee hotels and trails of plants from North to South.

Participants from Belgrade (Serbia), Larissa (Greece), Sfântu Gheorghe (Romania) and Quito (Ecuador) also presented the visions for their CLEVER Action labs.

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