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Trees and forests are a proven nature-based solution that contribute to sustainable urban development. Their potential for delivering ecosystem services, enhancing biodiversity and contributing to the wellbeing of urban societies is often underestimated and underused.

The CLEARING HOUSE project gathers 26 partners in Europe and China, and will provide evidence and tools that facilitate the mobilisation of the full potential of urban forest-based solutions (UFBS) for rehabilitating, reconnecting and restoring urban ecosystems. The project will review existing knowledge and will collect new data from large scale analyses, as well as evidence emerging from the comparative analysis of ten case studies in Europe and China, including a citizen science approach. Knowledge will relate to the social, economic and policy drivers of UFBS, their design and implementation, and their impacts on urban ecosystem and human wellbeing across continents.

CLEARING HOUSE will implement a co-design approach early in the project to ensure that its research programme matches the demand of end-users, and engages stakeholders and scientists in problem-oriented knowledge generation through a set of targeted learning mechanisms. The project will then develop user-targeted outputs to support cities, planners, business and civil society in implementing UFBS. Inter alia, decision support tools such as an online application, a global benchmarking tool and guidelines will provide knowledge on the design, governance and management of UFBS, and on sustainable business models relating to them.

The CLEARING HOUSE project received funding from the H2020 Programme under grant agreement n°821242.