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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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 Watch more videos about the different pilots on the BEGIN YouTube channel.

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Latest Project News

A glimpse into the future: Mindemyren in 2022

13 February 2020

The Mindemyren area of Bergen will undergo a huge transformation over the next two years, turning the heavily trafficked grey area into a green urban …

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Open-source Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for mapping and modelling BGI

04 February 2020

On January 23rd, Kent C.C. in Maidstone, UK, hosted a workshop on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and how this can aid the scoping and delivery o…

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BEGIN partners meet to present blue-green development of Norwegian district

13 May 2019

On the 15th and 16th of May, BEGIN project partners will attend a meeting in Bergen. It will be opened by Anna Elisa Tryti, Bergen’s councilwoman f…

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Development of a new borough

03 April 2019

At the City Architect’s office, the area of Mindemyren is being developed as a building set. Mindemyren is a large and challenging urban development …

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Seeds of change

20 March 2019

By Kirsty MacCaulay

Enfield's position on the periphery of London means it is uniquely placed to lead on good …

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