Addressing urban pressures through the maintenance and restoration of green and blue infrastructure (GBI) is key to building a healthy and resilient society. Accordingly, ENABLE employs a range of methods to identify, assess and facilitate a cost-effective implementation of GBI for an optimized distribution of benefits and wider uptake. Although infrastructure implies interaction and connection among many components of GBI, we argue that connections to the wider social-ecological system must also be included to enable the success of GBI.
As such, the project framework will enable the identification of (1) the environmental, social and economic benefits provided by GBI, (2) the societal demands, preferences and values attached to GBI and biodiversity, and (3) pathways for cities to align these considerations via the targeted provisioning of GBI.
Significant stakeholder involvement underlies this approach, with the participation of local communities, practitioners and policy-makers playing a central role via the selected city case studies. ENABLE will create linkages and build on existing initiatives, networks and projects that partners are involved in and ICLEI and IUCN as multi-stakeholder networks will also ensure strong linkages with their members, EU organizations, national governments and government agencies, NGOs and cities, municipalities and subnational governments around the world.
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