Nature Based Solutions - Implementation Models Database

Urban green space management, Structures characterized by food and resources production

Karls Concept

A short description of the NSB

Karls Concept is an agency that deals with some topics as renaturation in urban areas, progressive digitization, innovation management at all levels and classic spatial planning with the aim of stringent communication management. One of their projects is situated directly in the city center at Karlssquare. The first urban common garden beeds were already planted in 2009. Meanwhile more than 70 urban gardens are in operation. The City of Wien provided 2000sqm for urban gardening in 2014. Planning and implementation are done by a team of the non-profit organization KarlsGarten. With the garden and a comprehensive supporting program, the association Karlsgarten wants to promote the knowledge of agricultural crop cultivation in the city. Many different kinds of fruits and vegetables organically grow there. In addition seasonal events complete the offer. Karls Garden makes the barely used area to a valuable enrichment for all neighbours as a special green and recreational area.

NBS Implementation context
Location Wien (Austria)
Status (from - to) Ongoing (since 2009)
NBS Scale Neighbourhood
NBS Impacts scale • Neighbourhood • City
Urban density/ Soil consumption • High (dense city center, etc.) • Medium
NBS Typology

NBS Uban Challenges
Climate Issues Climate mitigation
Climate adaptation
Other 0
Urban water management and quality Urban water management and quality
Flood management
Other 0
Air Quality Air quality at district/city scale
Air quality locally
Other 0
Urban Space and Biodiversity Biodiversity
Urban space design
Urban space management
Other 0
Urban Regeneration and Soil Air quality at district/city scale
Other 0
Resource efficiency Food, energy and water
Raw materials
Other 0
Public health and well-being Acustic
Quality of life
Other 0
Environmental justice and social cohesion Environmental Justice: Recognition
Environmental Justice: Procedural Justice
Environmental Justice: Distributional Justice
Environmental Justice: Capabilities
Environmental Justice: Responsibility
Social Cohesion
Other 0
Urban planning and governance Urban planning and form
Governance in planning
Other 0
People Security Control of crimes
Control of extraordinary events
Other 0
Green economy Circular economy
Bioeconomy activities
Direct economic value of NBS
Other 0
NBS Stakeholders & Governance


Initial actors (Leaders) Community • NGO’s / CSO’s / interest groups • Citizens
Involved actors Governments • Local government/municipality, Community • NGO’s / CSO’s / interest groups • Citizens
Ecological scale • Local scale green area • City scale green networks
Governance model CLUSTER 4: Societal Resilience • Self-governance/grassroots initiatives
NBS Financial aspects


Global (estimated) cost of the project -
Financing mechanism CLUSTER 3: Citizen inclusion • Volunteering
NBS Business Models Archetype
Technological -
Social Non applicable
Organisational Non applicable
NBS Success and limiting factors
Process enablers
Knowledge Non applicable
Governance -
Economy Awareness • NBS ambassadors
Process inibitors
Knowledge Process efficiencies • Action- thinking approach, Self- governance • Grassroots innovations and transition initiatives
Governance Self-financing and self-management
Economy -
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