Development and growth increase flood risk, whilst funding is ever more constrained. Blue-Green infrastructure can help manage these risks whilst offering other multiple benefits; improved quality of life for communities via benefits to health, wellbeing and recreation, increased climate protection from heat and floods, improved air quality, carbon storage, and reduced noise, energy and water pollution. However, putting such schemes into practice is challenging due to complex governance, finance and significant up-front time needed for project development.
Over the past three years, the Blue-Green Cities team from nine leading Universities have researched cutting edge techniques for advancing Blue-Green approaches, in parallel, local partners including Newcastle City Council, Northumbrian Water, the Environment Agency and Newcastle University to explored what these approaches mean for the city and to influence a Blue-Green Vision for Newcastle.
This free event disseminates our research findings and launches a pledge to support a Blue-Green Vision, encouraging partners and the wider region to sign the pledge and collaborate to make it a reality.