BEGIN - Blue Green Infrastructures through Social Innovation



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

Planning For Water at TWENTY65 Thought Leadership Club Workshop

Thursday, December 7, 2017
Sustainable NSR

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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A new future for Ghent viaduct B401 - close to BEGIN pilot site

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Sustainable NSR

The City of Ghent, Belgium, has appointed a study team that will carry out an exploratory spatial research regarding future use of the Viaduct B401.

The viaduct, located near to green axe 4 of th…

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BEGIN Network meet in Aberdeen to boost Climate Adaptation

Friday, November 3, 2017
Sustainable NSR

Sixteen organisations from 6 EU countries met in Aberdeen this month, to share their experiences and discuss social innovation climate adaptation solutions.

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Dordrecht inspires with climate adaptation pilots

Monday, October 16, 2017
Sustainable NSR

On September 28, 2017 Dordrecht hosted the national City Deal Climate Adaptation meeting. The City Deal is a Dutch collaboration between fourteen public and twelve (semi) private partners, both compa…

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BEGIN cases presented at TRANSIT Social Innovation Final Conference

Friday, September 29, 2017
Sustainable NSR

Attendees of a fully booked workshop at the were presented with the BEGIN project. Social innovation experts from the  facilita…

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