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Addressing Climate Change in Cities – Catalogue of Urban Nature-based Solutions

Addressing Climate Change in Cities – Catalogue of Urban Nature-based Solutions

From green bus stops to eco-districts, the catalogue presents solutions that cities can use to address climate change, while generating social, economic and environmental benefits.

Nature-based solutions (NBS) are solutions that are inspired and supported by nature. They can be used in urban settings to complement or replace "traditional" or "grey" solutions to perform functions, such as thermal insulation and stormwater retention and filtration. Focusing on addressing climate change, this catalogue presents a wide selection of NBS that exemplify high climate mitigation potential and applicability across a range of urban contexts.

The catalogue of urban NBS consists of two parts. The first section introduces ten multifunctional NBS that cities can implement. The solutions have been selected based on their potential to deliver climate mitigation and their ability to respond to a variety of common urban challenges. The second section presents ten case studies of complex nature-based solutions applications which show how NBS can be combined together to create systemic solutions that address multiple urban challenges in parallel – at sites as small as a playground or as large as an entire city.

The publications is designed to support planners, designers and landscape architects in various sized urban areas in Europe and beyond in applying NBS instead of or alongside traditional approaches. At the same time, the publication is written in an accessible manner and can be used to introduce various audiences to the concept, applications and benefits of urban nature-based solutions. The publication is available in English and in Polish language versions.

The catalogue has been produced as part of the "Climate NBS Poland" project supported by the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) of the German Ministry of Environment. The project aims to increase the understanding, acceptance and uptake of multifunctional NBS as a cost-effective urban climate mitigation and climate protection measure. By initiating and fostering cooperation and exchange between Polish and German planning, engineering and policy experts, the project seeks to build capacity, knowledge and skills among city officials, municipal staff and landscape planners to enable the conceptual and technical design and implementation of NBS.

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Citation

English version: Iwaszuk, E., Rudik, G., Duin, L., Mederake, L., Davis, M., Naumann, S., Wagner, I., 2019: Addressing Climate Change in Cities. Catalogue of Urban Nature-Based Solutions. Ecologic Institute, the Sendzimir Foundation: Berlin, Krakow.

Polish version: Iwaszuk, E., Rudik, G., Duin, L., Mederake, L., Davis, M., Naumann, S., Wagner, I., 2019: Błękitno-zielona
infrastruktura dla łagodzenia zmian klimatu w miastach. Katalog techniczny. Ecologic Institute, Fundacja Sendzimira: Berlin, Krakow.

Language
English, Polish
Author(s)
Iwona Wagner (FPP Enviro)
Credits

Editors: Tomasz Bergier (AGH University of Science and Technology), Agnieszka Kowalewska (the Sendzimir Foundation)
Proofreading: Laura Fleming, Anthony Holmes (Ecologic Institute)

Publisher
Year
2019
ISBN
978-83-62168-10-1 (printed version in Polish), 978-83-62168-11-8 (online version in Polish), 978-83-62168-12-5 (online version in English)
Dimension
101 pp.
Project ID
3205
Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Individual NBS
1.1. Water retention ponds
1.2. Bioretention basins
1.3. Bioswales
1.4. Infiltration trenches
1.5. Biorentention planters
1.6. Green bus stops
1.7. Green roofs
1.8. Green facades and walls
1.9. Permeable paving
1.10. Structural soils
2. Nature-based solutions case studies:
Ten German examples
2.1. Constructed urban wetlands: Landscape Park Duisburg-Nord
2.2. Blue-green living streets: Vauban district in Freiburg
2.3. Rain playground Biberland in Neugraben-Fischbek, Hamburg
2.4. Regeneration of urban green belts: Luttergrünzug, Bielefeld
2.5. Highway green roofing: Hamburg A7 Highway Cover
2.6. Eco-city districts: “Jenfelder Au” in Hamburg
2.7. Floodable squares and parks: Zollhallen Plaza in Freiburg
2.8. Green corridors: Ventilation corridors network, Stuttgart
2.9. Sustainable urban drainage systems: Potsdamer Platz, Berlin
2.10. Riverbank restoration: Living Luppe in Leipzig
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Keywords
Poland, Germany, Duisburg-Nord, Freiburg, Neugraben-Fischbek, Hamburg, Bielefeld, A7, Jenfelder Au, Stuttgart, Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, Luppe, Leipzig