Blue Green Infrastructure through Social Innovation

Cities cannot cope with more frequent and intense rainfall due to climate change without rethinking their existing concepts for storm water management. Technically it means that in addition to the conventional grey infrastructure, they need blue-green solutions and infrastructure such as green corridors, permeable paving, bio-retentions or rainwater harvesting. Recent researches show that BGI benefits outweigh costs x2-x10 times (TEEB, 2015). Most cities envisage the implementation of the BGI but multiple barriers persist and implementation is hampered by the issues such as: who benefits, pays or maintains solutions.
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.
The Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) is working in close cooperation with the Agency for roads, bridges and waters (LSBG) in Hamburg. TUHH will support the LSBG to quantify the benefits of the selected BGI elements utilising numerical and physical models and tools.

Project duration Jan 2017 – Dec 2020
Project co-ordination TUHH: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Fröhle
Project team TUHH: Dr.-Ing. Natasa Manojlovic
MSc. Sandra Hellmers
Project Partners: The Netherlands
City of Dordrecht (Coordinator)
Erasmus University of Rotterdam
City of Antwerp
City of Ghent
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
City of Gothenburg
City of Bergen
Further Information: BEGIN - Blue Green Infrastructures through Social Innovation