Green Infrastructure

China’s ‘Sponge Cities’ Are Turning Streets Green to Combat Flooding

4th January 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on the Guardian.  “Replacing concrete pavements with wetlands, green rooftops and rain gardens means stormwater is absorbed back into the land, making water work for the city instead of against it. A small part of Shanghai is turning greener, street by street. In the Lingang district, pavements are lined with… [more]

Green Infrastructure & Ecosystem Services – Is the Devil in the Detail?

18th December 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This paper was originally published in Annals of Botany. “Background Green infrastructure is a strategic network of green spaces designed to deliver ecosystem services to human communities. Green infrastructure is a convenient concept for urban policy makers, but the term is used too generically and with limited understanding of the relative values or benefits of different types… [more]

Using Nature to Build a Stronger Coast

12th December 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on The Nature Conservancy.  “What would the East Coast of the United States be like without any wetlands, marshes, or estuaries? What if the coastline were just open water slapping against concrete seawalls, bulkheads, and rock barriers? This is exactly the kind of coast that researchers explored in a recently… [more]

A Region at Risk: The Human Dimensions of Climate Change in Asia & the Pacific

5th December 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Asian Development Blog.  “Earlier this year, ADB released A Region at Risk, a major report on the impacts of climate change in Asia and the Pacific. While the study focuses on the impact of warming on socio-economic systems, Asia’s natural ecosystems will also feel the impacts. The vulnerability of the… [more]

Comprehending the Multiple ‘Values’ of Green Infrastructure – Valuing Nature-Based Solutions for Urban Water Management from Multiple Perspectives

15th November 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This paper was originally published in Environmental Research.  “Highlights:  We compare different attempts to evaluate the benefits of urban greening options. Economic valuations of different hypothetical development scenarios are reported. Two schemes incorporating Nature Based Solutions were assessed for viability. Developer profits were reduced despite residents’ willingness to pay for greening. Developers are unlikely to… [more]

As Communities Rebuild After Disaster, We Must Keep Nature in Mind

1st November 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Ensia.  “Three record-breaking hurricanes recently cut a swath of devastation through the Caribbean and southern United States. The economic and human toll has dominated the headlines, and rightfully so. Nowhere is that more evident than in the tragedy unfolding before our eyes in Puerto Rico. After hurricane-strength winds lashed… [more]