Thessaloniki is the second biggest city of Greece with approximately 20.000 m2. The population of the municipality of Thessaloniki is 324.766 (2011 census). The city is inhabited continuously since 315BC, it has been part of the Hellenistic, Roman and Ottoman empires and had a strong Jewish history. Today it is an active port-city, with three respected universities, and robust tourist industry.
Main environmental challenges faced by the city
The city has a dense urban structure with limited open or green spaces as there is currently 2.6 m2 of green space per resident, although the city has a peri-urban forest and 7km waterfront. Thus the city faces many challenges by natural hazards (flooding, wildfire, earthquake).
NBS implemented or planned
VERTICAL GARDEN: The “hanging” garden -a lush vertical garden that was created on the front of the building of the Office of Urban Environment Management- designed by Panos Dragounas, Sotiris Theodosopoulos, Varvara Christopoulou, impresses the passers-by on Cleanthous Street since 2018."