Project title: Nature-based solutions for increasing cities resilience and sustainability

Project number: PN-III-P4-ID-PCE-2016-0635

Contract No.:11/12.07.2017

Funding body: The Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI)

Budget: 834.425,00 RON

Period: 2017-2019

Cristian Ioan Ioja – Project manager
Sorin Cheval – Researcher
Mihai Razvan Nita – Researcher
Diana Andreea Onose – Researcher
Constantina Alina Hossu – Researcher
Denisa Lavinia Badiu – Researcher
Odelin Talaba – Master Student
Ana Maria Popa – Master Student


The aim of the project is to assess the integration, acceptance, and the efficiency of NBS (nature-based solutions) in Romania’s cities and to develop a conceptual model for enhancing cities resilience and sustainability.


The specific objectives of the project are:

  • Identifying categories of NBS related to cities resilience and sustainability;
  • Assessing the European, national and local policies directed toward NBS in cities;
  • Evaluating the integration of NBS in different sectors of urban environments;
  • Evaluating the acceptance of NBS in urban areas;
  • Developing a conceptual model for enhancing cities resilience and sustainability on NBS.

Expected Results:

  • publishing 3 annual reports;
  • publishing 7 papers in high priority of top-ranked journals;
  • publishing 1 book;
  • participating with 6 papers at international conferences;
  • organizing 1 workshop

Main results



  • Hossu C.A., Ioja C.I., Breuste J., Ponizy L., Mizgajski A., Onose D.A., Nita M.R. (2018), Moving at the suburbs: residents’ reasons and use of nature, IGU Thematic Conference – Practical Geography and XXI Century Challenges, 4-6 June 2018, Moscow, Russia
  • Badiu D.L., Ioja C.I., Niță A., Niță R.M. (2018), Disentangling the connections: a network analysis of approaches on urban green infrastructures, European Forum on Urban Forestry Conference, 15-20 May, Helsinki, Finland.
  • Niță M.R., Iojă I.C., Onose D.A., Badiu D.L., Hossu C.A. (2017), Facing the urban planning upgrade – promotion of nature-based solutions in Romanian Cities, International Conference Urban Green Infrastructure – Connecting People and Nature for Sustainable Cities, 20-21 September, Malmo, Sweden
  • Iojă I.C., Niță M.R., Hossu C.A,. Onose D.A., Badiu D.L. (2017), Nature-based solutions to the environmental challenges of Romania’s cities, International Conference Nature-based Solutions. From Innovation to Common-Use, 24-26 October 2017, Tallin, Estonia
  • Niță M.R. (2017), EKLIPSE Framework Report NBS – Connecting H2020 Projects, EUGIC – European Urban Green Infrastructure Conference, 29-30 November 2017, Budapest, Hungary
  • Iojă I.C., Niță M.R., Onose D.A., Hossu C.A., Badiu D.L., Considerarea soluțiilor verzi in planificarea mediului – un indicator predictibil pentru evaluarea implementării lor in mediile urbane?, “Geographical Sciences and Future of Earth“, 18-19 November 2017, Bucharest, Romania
  • Breuste J., Iojă I.C., Hossu C.A., Zwierzchowska I., Hof A., Onose D.A., Mueller C., Poniży L., Mizgajski A. (2017) Cultural ecosystem services assessment in suburban residential areas from Bucharest, Poznan and Salzburg, “Geographical Sciences and Future of Earth“, 18-19 November 2017, Bucharest, Romania