Adaptation to climate change using green and blue infrastructure: A database of case studies (Full Report) (Executive Summary)

The aim of this database of case studies is to showcase climate change adaptation approaches, with a particular emphasis on those relating to green and blue infrastructure. The database is an important deliverable of the GRaBS project. Rather than focus on the physical elements of the case studies, the database describes in detail the process that have supported the implementation of adaptation responses in a range of urban areas across the world. The case studies were selected based on factors influencing the success of the development and implementation of adaptation responses as identified in previous studies, and on the analysis of strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities faced by the GRaBS parter organisations (see chapter 2 of the main report ).

Each case study offers a description of the geographical location, themes driving the initiative, details of the development and implementation of the initiative, as well as a discussion of the potential of the initiative to deliver climate change adaptation benefits and other positive impacts. The lessons learnt from the case studies, which may help in development of adaptation strategies, are summarised here.

The in-depth case studies are supplemented by short case studies , identified as good practice by the GRaBS stakeholder network, including GRaBS partners. Other sources of useful information on adaptation to climate change using green and blue infrastructure have also been identified.

It is hoped that the database will meet an important need in terms of progressing green and blue infrastructure adaptation responses, and will act as a valuable resource for a wide range of stakeholder communities engaged in these activities.

The 15 in-depth case studies are as follows: