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

BEGIN Network meet in Aberdeen to boost Climate Adaptation

Friday, November 3, 2017
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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
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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
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Attendees of a fully booked workshop at the were presented with the BEGIN project. Social innovation experts from the  facilita…

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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 e…

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BEGIN is featured in local Dutch TV

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
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