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Blue-Green Infrastructure: the theory and practice - Rotterdam, webinar

  • Webinar
  • Online
  • 05 November 2020
  • 13:00 - 14:00
Blue-Green Infrastructure: the theory and practice - Rotterdam, webinar

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Join us for the first 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 and the practical approach to how these cities have developed and implemented a vision for ‘blue-green’ urban futures.

The speakers, Nanco Dolman, Leading Professional in Water Resilient Cities, and Dr Emily O’Donnell, Research Fellow in Urban Flood Resilience, will take a closer look into the Blue-Green Futures research and how it’s applied in practice, based on case studies from four cities around the world. They will explore the right balance between grey and blue-green infrastructure, the optimisation of real sustainable solution examples over conventional, delivering flood risk management and multiple value co-benefits.

This webinar will focus on the second largest city in The Netherlands, Rotterdam.

The speakers will talk about the real environmental, social, and economic benefits being felt in the city, showing how building resilience has helped to adapt to the challenges of climate change.



Dr Emily O’Donnell

Research Fellow in Urban Flood Resilience, University of Nottingham

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; where multifunctional Blue-Green infrastructure creates environmental and societal co-benefits and is delivered by cross-organisational collaborations.

Her current research focuses on identifying the uncertainties and challenges that act as barriers to the widespread implementation of Blue-Green infrastructure, and how these may be overcome through changes in practice and policy. Her research also uses novel toolkits to evaluate and monetise the social, environmental and economic benefits of Blue-Green infrastructure, and identify the implicit and explicit perceptions held by professionals and communities. 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 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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United Kingdom

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Magda Baldwin

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