Smart and Green – the Future of Visegrad Cities project

How can we combine smart and innovative solutions in urban areas? This one-year project, starting in December 2016, answers that question by increasing the necessary knowledge and awareness about it, focusing on Slovakian, Hungarian, Czech and Polish cities.

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Green roof in Warsaw, Poland. Photo credit: Iwona Machlinska


Urban areas in these four Visegrad countries are rapidly changing, but nevertheless the region is falling behind in facing the growing urban challenges in a sustainable way – in a way that would ensure long term benefits for all its citizens and future generations. An effective international cooperation between these four countries would avoid doubling the efforts and ensure the exchange of knowledge between relevant sectors.
In order to enhance the cooperation aspect of the project, we will work closely with three project partners – Association for Garden Design and Landscaping from Slovakia, Polish Green Roof Association and the Landscape Gardening Association from the Czech Republic. The project includes the development of case studies and policy recommendations.
Combining smart innovative solutions in urban environments that are inspired and supported by nature would not only contribute to increase the cities’ resilience to the great challenges of our time, such as climate change, social inequality and economic insecurity, but it would also bring this region at the forefront of the EU.
Find out more about our results in the Summary Publication: Smart and Green – the Future of Visegrad Cities, 2017.

Read the brochure on Smart and Green innovations in cities like Bratislava, Budapest, Písek and Wrocław in 5 languages:

EnglishHungarian; Slovak; Polish; Czech


On 29 November 2017, the one-year long activities  were presented on an international seminar in Budapest as well as involved a workshop where participants had to develop their “dream cities”. Find the presentation slides here:.


Presentation from Hungary

Workshop slides


The Smart and Green project is  funded through the International Visegrad Fund and through the European Union.

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Urban sustainability issues – What is a resource-efficient city?

Urban sustainability issues – Enabling resource-efficient cities

Transport and ecosystems

Resilient modern cities – with a little help from our nature

Urban green spaces and health: a review of evidence

Environmental analysis of land use changes in green infrastructure of a city, with particular emphasis on allotment gardens: Poznań and Salzburg case study

Green Benefits in Victoria Business Improvement District

Green Infrastructure in-depth case analysis theme: Urban Green Infrastructure

Planning for a cooler future: Green Infrastructure to reduce urban heat

Advanced urban Green Infrastructure planning and implementation

Novel Solutions for Quieter and Greener Cities

Air Quality Effects of Urban Trees and Parks

European Green Capital Good Practice Report

European Green Leaf Good Practice Report

Nature-Based Solutions and Re-Naturing Cities

Urban adaptation to climate change in Europe 2016 — Transforming cities in a changing climate

ICLEI’s Sustainable Cities Platform


Urban Forests = Cleaner Cooler Air



Green in Urbs


URBES Project

Green Blue Cities

Turas Project

Green Surge