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Pioneer Case

Promenade along river Danube

A short description of the NBS project

The main purpose of the project is to design a promande among the Danube quays in Budapest, planting plants, building installations, and awareness rising. The goal is the sharing of the sensation of the Danube in the city, recommending the daily utilization of the river side to citizens. The project is a good example for the implementation of strategic NBSs, with putting great emphasis on the corporate development and implementation, by creating networks. The objective is to develop a concept and implement numerous pilot projects on the riberbank of the city.

NBS Implementation context
Location Hungary, Budapest
Latitude 47.466835
Longitude 19.069953
Status Ongoing
Dates 04.2016/09.2018
Description of the NBS
NBS Scale neighbourhood
NBS Impacts scale object (building, etc.)
Urban density/ Soil consumption high (dense city center, etc.)
Combined with other(s) environmental friendly solution(s)?
if other
NBS Typology
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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 1
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 1;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;
Stakeholder and Governance
Who Started this initiative? Other
Contracting Authority none
Project manager (leader and main partners): entities names, and know-how involved Leader: Miklós Tömör, VALYO Main partners: Technical University of Budapest (BME), University of Arts (MOME) & other civil associations
Who (else) was involved in the project ? (Inhabitants, local association, etc.) local citizens, Technical University of Budapest (BME), University of Arts (MOME), MUTK
More detail on the process and the role of the different stakeholders (How did it happen?) University students are continously involved in the planning process and the creation of experimental and progressive street objects. They are involved into the performances which are promoting the project towards the citizens. (for example Occupy the "Szabi híd" - occupy the bridge!)
OPTIONAL Considering the actual impacts, who are the primary beneficiaries of the project. Citizens, Families, bikers
Cluster Governance Model Description
cluster4_societal_resilienceSelfgovernance_grassroots_initiatives This is an absolutely fundamental initiative, to which anybody can connect. The members of associations meet in the evening in the public area, such as taverns, riverbanks, parks. They haven't got an office, they have only a big workplace (first of all for woodworkers) where they can make some objects for the riverbank (street furniture, periscope, memory box, etc.). They are working together in co-creation, on a voluntary basis.
Global Estimated cost of the project > 20 000€
Cluster cluster4_public_private
FM Private Finance Initiative (PFI)
Description of the financing mechanism The planning and the implemenatation was supported by the Visegrad Fund and the Viability Ltd, and through CSR activities of different companies.
Business Model
Class Type Description
TechnologicalSubstitute with renewables and natural processesThey are working there together co-creation, on a voluntary basis.
SocialDeliver functionality, rather than ownership
OrganizationalDevelop scale-up solutions
Temporal Factor
Expected time for the NBS to be fully effective after its implementation medium (between 2 to 5 years)
Expected life time of the intervention around 10 years
Already feedbacks on the project? In case, the project has already been adapted to new requisites, please explain the modifications brought This is an innovative project, so it has brought a lot of modifications . The target is fixed, bringing the city life closer the Danube.
Success and limiting factors
Process Enablers
Class Subclass Type Description
Knowledge_driversAwarenessNBS_ambassadorsAn association was founded to create a more vital connection between the city and the Danube, specifically the riverside. Volunteers, artist, uni clubs and other organizations can join to this association during a project. The main driving forces are the well outlined goal, remarkable media support, impressive thoughts for youngs and the potential force of voluntary work.
Process Inhibitors
Class Subclass Type Description
Knowledge_barriersUncertaintyOperation_unknowThe stakeholders were concerned about the unknown consequences of the pioneer interventions. The other inhibitor is the complex decision-making structure of the local authorities. The social benefits were not really appriciated by the authorities, and non-economic benefits were underestimated. The budget was very limited.
What makes this project a pioneer?
Field The_challenge(s)_targeted
Brief description of the innovativeness Participants have had the chance of getting to know the use of NBSs in real life. In addition, the aim was to understand the challenge of the multifunctionality of the Danube bank, and at the same time, participants were invited to take part in solving the problem. It had to take some performance and other events for people understanding the new concepts of life near the Danube.
Has the project received a prize, an award?
Has the project received a media coverage? (in reviews, in press, etc.) There is a strong media coverage ( national, and city media, and on social media (FB, Snapchat, instagram…) on the events and the pilot projects.
IM Keywords
  • green waterfront

  • quality of life

Interview with the Miklós Tömör (he is one of the boss of the project) and www.