Contributions of green infrastructure to enhancing urban resilience

Staddon, C., Ward, S., De Vito, L., Zuniga-Teran, A., Gerlak, A. K., Schoeman, Y., Hart, A. and Booth, G. (2018) Contributions of green infrastructure to enhancing urban resilience. Environment Systems and Decisions, 38 (3). pp. 330-338. ISSN 2194-5403 Available from:

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After briefly reviewing key resilience engineering perspectives and summarising some green infrastructure (GI) tools, we present the contributions that GI can make to enhancing urban resilience and maintaining critical system functionality across complex integrated social–ecological and technical systems. We then examine five key challenges for the effective implementation of GI that include (1) standards; (2) regulation; (3) socio-economic factors; (4) financeability; and (5) innovation. We highlight ways in which these challenges are being dealt with around the world, particularly through the use of approaches that are both context appropriate and socially inclusive. Although progress surmounting these challenges has been made, more needs to be done to ensure that GI approaches are inclusive and appropriate and feature equally alongside more traditional ‘grey’ infrastructure in the future of urban resilience planning. This research was undertaken for the Resilience Shift initiative to shift the approach to resilience in practice for critical infrastructure sectors. The programme aims to help practitioners involved in critical infrastructure to make decisions differently, contributing to a safer and better world.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: green infrastructure, water, resilience
Faculty/Department: Faculty of Environment and Technology > Department of Geography and Environmental Management
Depositing User: Professor C. Staddon
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2018 10:56
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2018 13:44


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