Funding Application KONE FOUNDATION (SOLSUS: SOLutions for SUStainable Planning via the Utilization of Ecosystem Services, Urban Data and Nature-Based Solutions)

Juanjo Galan Vivas (Contributor), Jari Niemelä (Contributor), Stephen Venn (Contributor)

Activity: Other activity typesOther expert tasks or merit


The potential of ecosystem services, green infrastructures and nature-based solutions (NBS) in sustainable urban planning and the production, processing and use of the increasing amount of data in urban planning, have been widely acknowledged at both the academic and governmental levels. In spite of this, there is a gap between research and actual planning due to numerous reasons.
The SOLSUS project aims to address this challenge by using an evidence-based approach to show the potential of advanced integrative planning and define new operational frameworks for the effective combination of urban nature and urban data.
The project will start studying the current situation in Helsinki regarding Ecosystem Services and the use of conventional and new urban data sets. In a second stage, the project will explore new possibilities for the integration of ecosystem services and urban data into urban planning. This exploration will be based on qualitative and quantitative operations that will be tested through advanced modeling. The comparison between the current situation with the
new possibilities generated by the project will enable us to determine the potential of this integrated approach and to understand the logics operating behind the interaction of different factors in urban planning.
In its last phase, the project will develop new frameworks and tools for the integrated use of Ecosystem Services and Urban Data in sustainable urban planning and for the application of NBS.
Period19 Sep 2017
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • ecosystem services
  • Urban Data
  • Urban modeling
  • Urban Sustainability
  • Integrative Urban Planning
  • Sustainable Urban Planning
  • nature based solutions