Water Resilient cities
The 2 Seas region has many urban areas characterised by dense development. Out-dated drainage in such areas often cannot cope with heavier rainfall caused by climate change. The problem is due largely to existing development, and resks are increasing due to climate change. There is little experience in retrofitting sustainable urban drainge (SUDS) to existing urban areas: sites typically have too little space to manage surface water within their boundary.
The solution lies off-site in the public realm, but this requires new types of cooperation between municipalities & owners not seen before. To improve the adaptive capacity of cities to heavy rainfall by demonstrating how SUDS can be retrofitted in public areas normally constrained by existing uses and infrastructure (above or below ground), or 'historic environment' protection. The project will demonstrate reduced flooding while protecting or improving amenities, biodiversity, health and well-being, local economies and saving public money.
The adoption of these approaches will increase adaptation capacity to effects of heavy rainfall and deliver added societeal benefits.
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