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Sustainable and optimal nature-based-solutions for cities to promote well-being

Nature in the city

An understanding of human-nature interaction as a determinant for well-being is increasingly recognised and its potential for urban planning as a mechanism for health promotion is more and more acknowledged.

The GoGreenRoutes project is an effort by an extensive network of partners to lay the foundations for European cities to act as ambassadors for sustainable development. In collaboration with forty partners, the project focuses on integrating nature-based solutions (NBS) into a multidimensional 360° health approach, identifying the potential of nature as part of holistic health. The project is funded by the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.

In Lahti, the project will develop the Kintterö health forest concept and explore other opportunities for urban greenery in cooperation with LAB – University of Applied Sciences. Other important partners of the project are e.g. Päijät-Häme Joint Authority for Health and Wellbeing, Lahti Urban Planning and local nature-based-entrepreneurs.

The aim of the project is to foster a positive human-nature relationship, flourish nature connectedness and create opportunities for citizens to engage with nature through digital, educational and behavioural innovations.

The project is built on four components

GROW – Supporting nature-based solutions

FEEL – Introducing nature-based solutions into the daily lives of citizens

KNOW – Sharing and collecting information about the connections between human and nature

MOVE – Sustainable lifestyles, green exercise, accessibility and recovery

GoGreenRoutes network

The GoGreenRoutes project creates new perspectives on the environment and the opportunities it creates to promote health and well-being through NBS’s. A number of interventions and research studies will be carried out in the six “cultivating cities” of the project: Lahti (Finland), Limerick (Ireland), Tallinn (Estonia), Umeå (Sweden), Burgas (Bulgaria) and Versailles (France). In addition, there are ‘seed cities’ in Munich, the region of Murcia and Malta, and a ‘cross-pollination network’ in Beijing, Mexico and Tblisi.

The main methods of the project are user-oriented co-development, co-creation and co-ownership, where collaboration with citizens and other stakeholders is at the focus of development.

Follow up the project results

The results of the GoGreenRoutes project will be shared on open digital platforms and as online materials. Follow the project page and


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 869764. The sole responsibility for the content of this document lies with GoGreenRoutes project and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Union.