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A total of 10 cities have joined forces to better deal with extreme weather events within their urban areas: the BEGIN project. Frequent and intense rainfall due to climate change is a widespread problem for many cities. To cope with it, cities need Blue and Green Infrastructures (BGI), such as green corridors or rainwater harvesting, in addition to conventional grey infrastructure. BGIs support existing grey infrastructure to cope with extreme weather events and improve disaster resilience.

The BEGIN project is an unique project where 10 cities and 6 research institutes combine forces to come towards BGI solutions and gather learning experiences. The 10 involved cities are developing BGI projects and whiles the cities are developing the projects they will be engaged in a transnational exchange and city learning networks to share experiences and best practices.

The BEGIN project also involves six scientific partners experienced in the fields of social innovation and BGIs, including UNESCO-IHE, Royal College of Art, CIRIA, Hamburg University of Technology, University of Sheffield and the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. These world-class research partners provide knowledge to the BEGIN project by combining Blue Green Infrastructure development, operations and maintenance and social innovation practices.

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