An EU-funded initiative is developing a research strategy to address environmental challenges and offer multiple benefits.
There is growing recognition that bringing more natural features and processes to cities could help tackle climate change, support economic growth and enhance human well-being. Nature-based solutions like green roofs and walls, sustainable urban drainage systems, natural water retention measures and urban green spaces are crucial for effectively addressing societal challenges.
Thanks to the EU-funded RENATURE project, such nature-based solutions were explored at an interdisciplinary summer school in Malta. Participants discussed and outlined innovative ideas addressing various issues about landscape management. Two case studies were covered: Birkirkara urban area that experiences heavy flooding and the island of Comino, a protected area.
A news item on the ‘MaltaToday’ website summarises the topics covered: “One of the ideas floated for Birkirkara was the creation of ponds, serving a water retention purpose, or for providing educational and recreational spaces for children and a way for them to reconnect with nature. Another idea was to introduce green walls in Gnien l-Istazzjon – something which would also reduce run-off.” The news item adds: “Other ideas included water filtration systems and underground water tanks for fountains and hydroponic gardening systems. The use of different measures is likely to be more effective in providing flood protection and other benefits.”
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