Planning, Design and Implementation
Edited by Danielle Sinnett, Nicholas Smith and Sarah Burgess
Chapter 3: Green infrastructure and urban water management
AbstractThis chapter outlines the importance of green infrastructure for managing urban water flows and ensuring we do not end up with too much, too little or too poor a quality of water with negative social and economic impacts. It argues that the potential benefits of using ‘blue-green infrastructure’ span the environmental, economic and sociocultural spheres; from reducing flood risk (and associated costs of flood damage) and cooling high urban temperatures, to providing natural areas for wildlife, recreation and local amenity. The chapter first outlines the challenges water poses in modern society, before considering a paradigm shift in thinking around water management and urban spaces that is argued to be occurring. It then looks at shifts in policy and practice, providing examples of how this paradigm shift could find its way into contemporary urban (re)developments. Finally, it considers the principle stakeholders affected by these changes and argues that they need to be brought into discussions as early as possible, to ensure the co-construction of sustainable and workable solutions. Green infrastructure is increasingly being used to meet urban water management goals, and to ensure this process advances as quickly and equitably as possible, it is essential that all interested parties can co-produce effective solutions.
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