New urban design and green spaces
New urban design (storm overflow, etc.) and green spaces in relation to cities of the future and challenges of climate change (adaptation, mitigation)
Organiser: International Water Association (IWA)
Thu 9th Oct, 16:00-17:00
The objective of this session was to get input from the IUCN audience into IWA activities as well as to showcase IWA working areas that is relevant for the IUCN audience.
In particular, continued population growth and urbanisation in both secondary cities and megacities, and across the spectrum of high medium and low income circumstances will frame the challenges we face in the decades ahead. With urban waters as a focal point, this session examined the links between urban water quality and hydrology, landscape, and the broader concepts of green and liveable cities and smart growth. The session also gave a background to issues of climate change and actions for the water sector in meeting intensified challenges and uncertainties to build systems that are more robust, flexible and resilient than before including soft green ‘infrastructure’.