Population - 112,000

Ioannina lies at an elevation of approximately 500 metres above sea level, on the western shore of lake Pamvotis.

With coastline to the west and mountain to the east, Ioannina is an architectural delight with influences from Byzantine, Greek and the Ottoman empires.

NBS Exemplar
Pirsinela Park is a neglected park located in the urban boundaries of the city of Ioannina. It is considered the largest area of existing greenspace (almost 250.000 m2). Historically, this region offered opportunities for physical activities (running, tennis) and access to nature. However, the last fifteen years the park has been totally abandoned. The Municipality of Ioannina will plan and implement urban green interventions for the reuse and growth of the park as part of the Connecting Nature project.

Connecting Nature Partner – Municipality of Ioannina

Contact: Georgios Antoniou - gio.antoniou@gmail.com



Poor quality of the lake.

High levels of unemployment and poverty.

Heat stress and water challenges.



A clean and green lake-front.

Greater levels of green-focused employment.



5 years’ time

Affection and love for place through increasing green spaces.

Stronger connection with the water and lake area based on a cleaner waterway.


10 years’ time

Green-tech innovation is being embedded into action based learning for young children.