To answer these questions co-designed prototypes, alternative uses of public space to include Urban Green Infrastructures, political instruments and socio-economic incentives will be tested in a representative neighborhood – the project’s Real-world Lab. The insights from this empirical testing and experimentation will be used to analyze the reproducibility of these measures at an inter-municipal watershed level. In the end, the principal results will be recommendations and proposals for strategies to promote the watershed-wide implementation of Multifunctional Urban Green Infrastructures based on empirically proven technical designs, co-design strategies, political instruments and socio-economic incentives.
In the SEE-URBAN-WATER project context, the multi-functionality of Urban Green Infrastructures is achieved by the integration of three principle functional dimensions
1. A hydrological dimension:
Reestablishment of a more natural urban water balance in quantitative (reduction and retention/detention of surface runoff, increase of infiltration and evapotranspiration) and qualitative terms (treatment of greywater and contaminated surface runoff, sediment control)
2. A socio-economic dimension:
Increase the accessibility of green spaces and waters to the benefit of the population (equitable, safe, recreational, educative and affordable access to public (green) space). Delivery of ecosystem services provided by Urban Green Infrastructure.
3. An ecological dimension:
Increase the connectivity of natural and semi-natural green spaces and waters to the benefit of biodiversity (building a green urban network of higher ecological value).