12-2016 to 12-2019
Prof. Erik Andersson
Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm, SWEDEN (Coordinator)
International Union for Conservation of Nature, Brussels, BELGIUM
Humboldt University, Berlin, GERMANY
Ecologic Institute, Berlin, GERMANY
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, Freiburg, GERMANY
University of Lodz, Lodz, POLAND
European Regional Centre for Ecohydrology, Lodz, POLAND
Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, Oslo, NORWAY
Autonomous University of Barcelona, Barcelona, SPAIN
Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam, THE NETHERLANDS
The New School, New York, USA
Green and blue infrastructure (GBI) has the potential to tackle numerous environmental and social challenges. However, the successful design and implementation of GBI requires careful consideration of a number of critical enabling factors beyond the biophysical infrastructure itself (e.g. user rights, accessibility, and ecological linkages). What exactly these factors are, how they interact with one another and when/how they influence the performance of a green or blue ‘solution’ are questions that require thorough investigation, in particular in complex socio- ecological systems such as cities.
ENABLE aims to advance knowledge of how to design and implement GBI in a way that maximises its potential to deliver numerous social and environmental benefits, such as social inclusion, health and human wellbeing, stormwater retention and habitat functions. This ambition will be pursued by developing and testing multi-method assessment frameworks, analytical tools and approaches for evaluating GBI performance.
ENABLE will, together with local actors in five case study sites (Stockholm, Halle, Oslo, Barcelona and Lodz), use a systems perspective to examine three key is- sues related to GBI solutions:
1. How and under what conditions are the benefits provided by GBI most appre- ciated by people?
2.How are GBI benefits distributed among urban residents, and how accessible are they?
3.How can the continuation of GBI benefit-flows be secured in the long-term?
The project will use a multi-method approach to probe different takes on the three questions and use the five case studies for both comparison and contrast. Each case will be explored and described with the help of a wide range of information including census data and surveys as well as modelling and participatory research.
The project will ensure continuous interaction between the research team and the local stakeholders (policy makers, local business, civil society initiatives and citizens) in the case study cities to promote shared learning and benefit from local knowledge and different perspectives. Multi-stakeholder meetings, factsheets, webinars, social media and a conference will provide opportunities for interactive dialogue and learning throughout the project and will facilitate the uptake of scientific findings in policy and practice for mainstreaming across Europe.