How can Europe better respond to extreme weather?

Partners from the international green infrastructure project PERFECT have published an article discussing the impacts of the extreme weather seen throughout Europe earlier this year, which reached a high of almost 46°C in Portugal. Faced with the prospect of increasingly unpredictable weather patterns, the six PERFECT member countries have come together to investigate the role green infrastructure can play in helping places adapt to extreme heat. For more details, click here

SuDS bring nature to the city

A team of scientists working in Inverness has identified simple management and design techniques to make Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) better for wildlife. They found that ecological quality is linked to pond and surrounding habitat characteristics, with ponds offering opportunities for local people to experience more diverse nature than other SuDS features. However, access to diversity of nature wasn’t equally available to all, with less affluent neighbourhoods typically having SuDS of lower ecological quality. Poor design can be remedied by good management, ameliorating this discrepancy. The results can be applied to both the design and management of SuDS to foster good ecological quality irrespective of the neighbourhood, thus providing more socially equitable access to high-quality urban blue space.

Urban GreenUP catalogue of Nature Based Solutions

A year after its launch, the Urban GreenUP project has published a catalogue of Nature Based Solutions here.

The catalogue aims to foster the uptake of Nature Based Solutions as tools to make cities more sustainable and adapt to climate change by providing cities worldwide with robust indicators on how to embrace urban challenges using nature. URBAN GreenUP’s NBSs are grouped into four classes: (1) Renaturing Urbanization, (2) Singular Green Infrastructures, (3) Water Interventions and (4) Non-Technical Interventions. Examples include green cycle and pedestrian routes, floodable parks, electro wetlands, green roofs and facades, as well as citizens engagement and educational activities.

LUDWIGSBURG IS DEVELOPING NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS TO FACE CLIMATE CHANGE

Just like many other cities worldwide, Ludwigsburg too is impacted by climate change. For this reason, the German city is developing renaturing urban plans making use of Nature-Based Solutions. One of the implemented initiatives is the “Mobil Green Room”, a cooling oasis consisting of green walls that can be easily deployed in various urban areas. It provides shade, filter dust and store water, and it also reduces noise and cools down the close-by environment.

Read more here.

Global initiative for greener cities launched

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has launched a global initiative which aims to create greener, more liveable cities that will improve the health, wellbeing and prosperity of people living in urban areas. The group will raise awareness of the value of urban ecosystems and how these can be used to help address challenges such as air pollution, flooding and health problems caused by lack of access to quality green space. For more details, click here.