Nature Based Solutions (NBS) – green infrastructure installations such as green roofs, tree pits and swales – can yield multiple urban benefits. These include reduction of water and air pollution, mitigation of flood risk and heat islands, as well as provision of areas for recreation and urban agriculture.
However, towns and cities are not getting the best out of NBS. Too often, they are used in a mono-functional way, e.g. to solely provide shading or for their aesthetic value.
The Blue Green Solutions Guide presents the innovative, systematic framework created by Imperial College London researchers, with the support of Climate KIC, to harness the power of NBS to deliver attractive cities and developments that are resilient, sustainable and cost-efficient.