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Blue-Green Infrastructure: the theory and practice – Ningbo, China, webinar

  • Webinar
  • Online
  • 18 February 2021
  • 13:00 - 14:00
Blue-Green Infrastructure: the theory and practice – Ningbo, China, webinar

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Join us for the second in a series of four events comprising 2020-21 ICE East Midlands Chair’s Programme: ‘Blue-Green Infrastructure: the theory and practice’, focusing on the theory behind the fundamental change in how cities tackle the challenges of climate change, the practical approach to how these cities have developed and implemented a vision for ‘blue-green’ urban futures.

Nanco Dolman and Dr Emily O'Donnell will take a closer look into the Blue-Green Futures research project and how it’s applied in practice, based on case studies and real examples from Ningbo, China.

In 2015, Ningbo was selected for the Sponge City Program (SCP). SCP is a new concept for Chinese cities, aiming to manage urban stormwater by utilising Blue-Green Infrastructure (BGI), bringing more natural water cycles back into cities through accumulation, filtration, purification, storage and reuse of rainwater, as well as providing co-benefits to the environment and society.

Both speakers will look at the efforts that have been made in the water quality, improvements to urban living including social, and economic benefits for the city and its inhabitants, showing how building resilience has helped to adapt to the challenges of climate change.

Watch previous webinar in this series: Blue-Green Infrastructure: the theory and practice – Rotterdam.


Dr Emily O’Donnell

Research Fellow in Urban Flood Resilience, University of Nottingham

Dr Emily O'Donnell

Emily is a Research Fellow in Urban Flood Resilience at the University of Nottingham. Her research specialises in urban flood resilience, Blue-Green Infrastructure and stakeholder engagement. She is interested in how cities are addressing current and future urban water challenges associated with climate change, urbanisation and ageing infrastructure, and how visions may be developed for Blue-Green urban futures. She works closely with UK local government and industry stakeholders in Newcastle and Nottingham to develop sustainable visions for urban water management via Learning and Action Alliances.

Nanco Dolman

Leading Professional in Water Resilient Cities, Royal HaskoningDHV

Nanco Dolman

Nanco is a civil engineer and works as Leading Professional in Water Resilient Cities at Royal HaskoningDHV. Bridging the gap between hydrological engineering and ecological design, Nanco is considered as one of the front runners in Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD). He worked in various adaptation strategies for delta cities, and is currently involved in the international (UK-USA-China-Netherlands collaboration) ‘Blue-Green Futures’ research project, led by the University of Nottingham and funded by the British Academy’s Tackling the UK’s International Challenges programme (January 2019 to July 2020).

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