BEGIN - Blue Green Infrastructures through Social Innovation
*REGIOSTARS Public Choice Award winner 2021*
*REGIOSTARS Award nominee 2020*
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 liveability 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; IHE Delft; 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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