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Cities are particularly susceptible to the negative impacts of flooding, urban heat islands, poor air quality, and other risks associated with more extreme weather conditions. In addition to conventional grey infrastructure, we need blue-green infrastructure (BGI), e.g.: green corridors, permeable paving, bio-swales, rainwater harvesting. BGI can better deal with extreme weather events, foster ecosystem services and increase the livability of cities in the North Sea Region. BGI’s holistic approach has viable environmental, social and economic benefits for city residents.


The overall objective of BEGIN is to demonstrate at target sites how cities can improve climate resilience with Blue Green Infrastructure involving stakeholders in a value-based decision- making process to overcome its current implementation barriers.

Partnership of 6 NSR countries

The Netherlands: City of Dordrecht; UNESCO-IHE; Erasmus University of Rotterdam

Belgium: City of Antwerp; City of Ghent

Germany: Agency for Roads Bridges and Waters, Hamburg; Hamburg University of Technology

United Kingdom: Construction Industry Research Information Association (CIRIA), City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Kent County Council, Aberdeen City Council, Enfield, Royal College of Arts, University of Sheffield

Sweden: City of Gothenburg

Norway: City of Bergen


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Latest Project News

Antwerp takes on three-day City2City learning exchange

Thursday, February 15, 2018
Sustainable NSR

On February 6th 2018, the Antwerp municipality kicked-off a back-to-back three day learning exchange with BEGIN partner cities Bradford, Dordrecht and Ghent. The choice of partners for this exchange …

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Dordrecht unites forces with Belgians and Britons

Thursday, February 8, 2018
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Today, the Taskforce Water City of the Municipality of Dordrecht hosts a workshop on finding solutions for climate change in the city. Participants are fellow civil servants and advisors from the Be…

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Launching City2City learning at two-day partner event in Sheffield

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Sustainable NSR

Last week BEGIN hosted the first City2City learning workshop for UK partners, preceding the Planning for Water Thought Leadership Club at .

The Planning f…

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The University of Sheffield in collaboration with Bradford Council to regenerate area around Bradford Beck

Thursday, January 25, 2018
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The BEGIN Team at Sheffield University (, and Dr Anna Kenyon) met with Council staff from partner city Bradford at the end of December 2017 to discuss plans for r…

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Planning For Water at TWENTY65 Thought Leadership Club Workshop

Thursday, December 7, 2017
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On Tuesday January 23, BEGIN will co-host the Thought Leadership Club Workshop, ‘Planning for Water’, at the University of Sheffield. The free workshop is the result of a partnership between

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