Tampere is the third-largest city in Finland and the largest inland centre in the Nordic countries. Currently there are almost 240 000 inhabitants, and close to half a million inhabitants in Tampere Region. Tampere is one of the three most rapidly developing regions in Finland. It is a centre of leading-edge technology, research, education, culture, sports and business.
Main environmental challenges faced by the city
City on Tampere aims to be a carbon neutral city by 2030. Roadmap towards carbon neutrality focuses on sustainable mobility, construction and living, energy production and consumption, consumption and material flow management and urban nature. The City of Tampere is growing and densifying, and climate change is expected to result in higher temperatures and increased rainfall, especially in winter. Densification and rain are the main challenges tackled with NBS in Tampere.
NBS implemented or planned
NBSs in Tampere focus mainly on quantitative and qualitative stormwater management. There are ca. 45 nature-based stormwater management solutions such as retention ponds, alluvial meadows, infiltration basins, biofilters and constructed wetlands. There are also few green roofs in the city. Vuores district stormwater management system, which is hybrid of grey and blue/green infrastructure, is one of the largest in Nordic countries. In UNaLab project, NBSs in Tampere have been developed further and novel solutions such as new filtering materials have been tested. Tampere has also developed online monitoring of NBS performance especially in water management.