ENABLE partners case study workshop in Berlin

End of June, the ENABLE project partners gathered in Berlin for a workshop to develop project methodologies for the successful design and implementation of Green and Blue Infrastructure in cities.

For each case study city – Barcelona, Halle, Lodz, Stockholm, Oslo and New York – the main challenges, expected outcomes and opportunities were determined to ensure comparability and synergies. As one of the most densely populated areas in Europe, Barcelona, for example, faces a key challenge in making trade-offs between biodiversity protection and outdoor recreation. Such trade-offs highlight the importance of integrating diverse stakeholder interests in the urban planning process and creating Green Blue Infrastructure (GBI) solutions that promote participation and stewardship. Another critical challenge that cities are facing is to foster equitable distribution of GBI benefits, especially across low and high income municipalities.

Halle, a small/medium-sized, located in the eastern part of Germany, is found on the other side of the spectrum, facing urban renewal and population growth. Its main challenges include reconstruction and upgrading of the built-up neighbourhoods in different parts of the city, while preserving and developing new green areas, and improving the connectivity between green zones across the city.

During the ENABLE workshop, the main challenges and goals for each case study city were discussed  to elaborate project methodologies. According to Sandra Naumann, Senior Fellow at the Ecologic Institute: ” the makeup of research methodologies within ENABLE is what gives it an innovative edge in the field of GBI and the main ambition for us is to apply a variety of methods which have not necessarily been used in the context of GBI planning before. We will work directly with citizens, which I hope will show the importance and value for GBI planning processes to engage with stakeholders and include their preferences in new ways. We will also collaborate with city authorities on a range of social challenges to highlight the potential of GBI research to address these challenges”.

During the Berlin workshop a broad scope of case study methods were discussed, ranging from decision-making models and ecosystem assessment procedures to methods for assessing institutional barriers and availability of green spaces, and models examining the flow of GBI benefits applying co-creation approaches and contributing to a systems understanding of resilience.

Sandra Naumann said: “What is exciting is that ENABLE has the potential to implement a truly integrated research approach in the “real world”. On the most overarching level, our aim is to highlight new aspects of GBI with a view to fostering knowledge about factors which support and constrain successful implementation. My hope is that the project makes a decisive contribution to the viability of GBI in policy and planning”.


Featured image: Tiergarten, Berlin, by Bea, CC license



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