Sfântu Gheorghe, Romania

Population: 55,000

Sfântu Gheorghe is the capital of Covasna County in central Romania. It is situated between the Baraolt and Bodoc mountain ranges on the River Olt. Sfântu Gheorghe’s population is a diverse mix of ethnic Hungarians, Romanians and Roma.

The vision

Sfântu Gheorghe has the vision of a liveable, greener and well-managed city, closely aligned with nature and, where possible, has greater self-sufficiency. The project will raise awareness about the benefits of re-naturing and making Sfântu Gheorghe a more sustainable place. Ultimately the aim is to make Sfântu Gheorghe a front-runner city for the region and an example for other towns to follow.

CLEVER Cities plans

Through CLEVER Cities, Sfântu Gheorghe plans to increase the city’s resilience in the face of extreme weather, such as flooding, and improve access to and quality of green spaces for locals to enjoy. The project will focus on the area around the Debren River (a tributary of the River Olt), which is prone to flooding.

The intention is to work with the local Roma community living in the area, to design and implement the nature-based solutions to improve living conditions. Social measures will promote socially inclusive interaction in the new designed area. The installation of new green spaces and playgrounds for children are under consideration in order to fulfil the city’s green aims.

Latest news from Sfântu Gheorghe

Sfântu Gheorghe launches its urban innovation partnership

9 December 2019

On 18 September 2019 Sfântu Gheorghe launched its urban innovation partnership – a city-wide  informal alliance of  local authorities, community groups, businesses and academics – in order to kick-start the process of co-creating nature-based solutions for regeneration within the CLEVER Cities project.


CLEVER Cities partners, the Municipality of Sfântu Gheorghe and the Covasna Environmental Protection Agency, hosted the event, which brought together various local stakeholders.

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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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