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.

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Malmö welcomes fellow cities to kick-off in Lindängen

31 May 2019

“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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