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WATER IN THE CITY: Blue and Green Infrastructure Interdisciplinary

Development of interdisciplinary tools to support management of rainwater in municipalities.

Implementation of nature-based solutions in urbanized areas has a significant potential for adaptation of municipalities to climate change and reduction of associated negative effects such as floods from torrential rainfall, drought or heat islands. Although Czech municipalities try to prevent these effects, implementation of nature-based rainwater-retaining solutions in reality often faces insufficient capacities and lack of information necessary for their planning, procurement, implementation and promotion. One-sided solutions that do not fully exploit the potential for implementing blue and green infrastructure are often designed for these reasons.

The aim of our interdisciplinary project is to create a methodology that will clarify and facilitate municipalities’ decision-making during planning and implementation of nature-based rainwater-retaining solutions in urbanized areas. Furthermore, particular examples of possible solutions in an urbanized area will be provided, based on the character of the city and its surroundings.

The IEEP research team builds here on previous projects dealing with blue and green infrastructure. Existing outputs and tools will be further developed and applied in this project through interdisciplinary cooperation.

Funding agency: Technology Agency of the Czech Republic
Duration: 05/2019 – 04/2021
Contact person: Jan Macháč, e-mail: machac@e-academia.eu
Researchers: Jan Macháč, Marek Hekrle
In cooperation with: University Centre for Energy Efficient Buildings of the Czech Technical University in Prague
Outputs:          The main output of the project will be a methodology for planning and implementation of nature-based rainwater-retaining solutions in urbanized areas and examples of possible solutions (expected release in April 2021)