BEGIN - Blue Green Infrastructures through Social Innovation

 

Background

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.

Objective

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

 

 

 

Latest Project News

Leading Water Management Author supports the BEGIN project

Monday, August 21, 2017
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Dr. Liz Sharp, author of Reconnecting People with Watersenior lecturer at the University of Sheffield, has stated her enthusiasm towards the BEGIN project.  

 

“One of the exc…

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BEGIN is featured in local Dutch TV

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
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Policy- and decision-makers acknowledge the economic benefits of Blue Green Infrastructures

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
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The project (Planning for Environment and Resource efficiency in European Cities and Towns) has released survey results on policy and decision-makers' awareness of the economic benefits of …

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BEGIN partners and the Steering Committee meet in Gothenburg

Monday, June 26, 2017
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14th June, 2017 -  The first Steering Committee meeting of the BEGIN project took place in Gothenburg, joining forces with the 2017 “” conference. The Steering Committee …

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BEGIN was presented at the NKWK Climate Resistant City project tour

Monday, June 26, 2017
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On May 18, 2017 the fourth project visit of the (NKWK-CRC) project tour took place in . There were about a hundred participants and members of the local press…

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