The EU project URBAN GreenUP has published a kit with good practices and recommendations to help city administrations, urbanists, city planners and architects implement Nature-based solutions (NBS) in their cities
NBS can mitigate the effects of climate change, improve air quality and water management, and make cities more sustainable. But when designing and implementing them is no walk in the park, the good practices and recommendations collected in the kit come to the rescue, as they cover all the stages of an NBS life cycle, from how to select the right ones for your city, to how to install and monitor them. The book is available for free and can be downloaded here.
The advice in this kit draws on the insights from the European project URBAN GreenUP, that has developed and applied “Renaturing Urban Plans” in various cities across the world. In particular, the project’s three frontrunner cities — Valladolid (Spain), Liverpool (UK) and Izmir (Turkey) — have demonstrated a diverse set of large scale and highly replicable NBS. Based on their experience, five follower cities — Mantova (Italy), Ludwigsburg (Germany), Medellin (Colombia), Binh Dinh-Quy Nhon (Vietnam) and Chengdu (China) — have set up their own Renaturing Urban Plans.
These are the good practices displayed in the kit, followed by advises for the best implementation and practical examples brought from the work done by URBAN GreenUP: