RMIT, one of the organisations involved in URBAN GreenUP, has published an article titled “Choosing the right nature-based solutions to meet diverse urban challenges” in the peer-reviewed Urban Forestry & Urban Greening journal.
“With the rise of nature-based solutions through projects like Urban GreenUp, there are so many different ways that a city can get greener,” says Thami Croeser from RMIT University, partner of the URBAN GreenUP project. “The project has demonstrated over 40 NBS, including green roofs and walls, floating wetlands and green parklets. With so many choices, and so many applications, it really helps to have a tool to help with the decision. So, we built one! This publication explains how we did it, how our cities used it, and what we learned.”
The article describes the development, application and evaluation of a novel decision making tool, which guides cities in the selection of the most appropriate NBS to address the different urban challenges, by comparing options in a transparent way.
Seven cities from the URBAN GreenUP consortium (Liverpool in UK, Medellin in Colombia, Mantova in Italy, Quy Nhon in Vietnam, Valladolid in Spain, Izmir in Turkey and Ludwigsburg in Germany) have tested the tool and their feedback on the tool and its impact on decisions were collected.
The article is published in open access and is available here
Photo by Denys Nevozhai on Unsplash