The Value of Nature Based Solutions - GreenBlue Urban
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Throughout 2022 we have been highlighting the need for change to accelerate the implementation of nature-based solutions into new developments, and to retrofit green and blue infrastructure alongside existing. The multifunctional benefits are abundantly clear we need to educate on the value of NBS from the very outset.

Together let’s quash the myths of

Too expensive, who is responsible, hard to maintain, Who will adopt

Climate change will not wait, lets “De Jargon” bring both public and private sectors together to plug the financial gap in spending and enable healthier urban spaces for all.

You can imagine how delighted we were to discover the UKGBC has recently (10 May 2022) published their most recent report which reveals the significant scale of benefits that NBS can deliver across developments and communities, as well as guidance to support built environment stakeholders to overcome current barriers with communicating the actual value of nature-based solutions.

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The report includes framework guidance to include a range of innovative solutions and examples to effectively make a case for and assess the value of NBS, which will help support the business case for investment, delivery, and maintenance of NBS.

Thank you to all involved – a well written, easy to use publication that will be utilised by many!

GreenBlue Urban was also pleased to sponsor the recent House Builder and Developer Magazine on their research relating to “Future-proofing against flood risk” having undertaken a survey to housebuilders and developers on whether they have used SuDS on developments, the barriers along with opinions on future regulations on prevention.

81% agreed that the government should commit more money to flood protection

Post survey a full white paper has been published highlighting the advantages of SuDS on developments, addressing the barriers of adoption and comprises a range of innovative stormwater solutions and a range of case studies, including GreenBlue’s MicroSuDS that offer multi-functional benefits and add value to any development!

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This month also see’s the launch of the new CIRIA Natural Flood Management Manual – aimed for use by lead local flood authorities, Internal drainage boards, landowners, Highways, NGOs and more!

Finally, following the Queen’s speech this week, The Levelling up and Regeneration Bill has now been published – more on this in next week’s blog!

As a company, we are proud to support a number of facilitators to help educate our industry on collaboration for successful developments long term. We are helping to create healthier urban spaces in harmony with nature!

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