Demonstration areas were selected according to the following criteria:
- Opportunity to implement NBS in relation to identified issues for the city.
- Opportunity to implement NBS in the time available
- Availability of match funding for NBS interventions
- Engagement and support from landowners, partners and stakeholders
- Established political support
- Opportunity to demonstrate innovation.
In addition, we have identified schools in a buffer around these areas whom we wish to engage and involve in the delivery of NBS.
Detailed assessment of these areas using the Eklipse Challenge Framework, has identified the key issues for NBS to tackle in the demonstration areas. In terms of key challenges, issues related to urban heat island, air quality and water management are key concerns. A great deal of work has taken place to identify pluvial and other flood risks to the city. Star Tools has been used to identify how the planned interventions through Urban GreenUP can help to both reduce flood risk and also reduce impacts of urban heat island.
An Ex Ante valuation of the planned interventions indicates that from a capital investment of €2.4m, a range of benefits will be provided with an estimated value of €7.9m in terms of wide economic benefit, and €1.3m of GVA. This represents a good investment in the continued, sustainable regeneration of Liverpool.