Research based Assessment of Integrated approaches to Nature based Solutions

Project AttributeProject Details
Project TitleResearch based Assessment of Integrated approaches to Nature based Solutions
EPA Project Code2019-W-DS-34
Lead OrganisationVesi Environmental Ltd
CoordinatorAila Carty
EPA Research 2014 – 2020 Theme(s)Water: Theme 4: Understanding, Managing and Conserving our Water Resources
EPA Research Pillars
Project Start and End DatesStart: 01/04/2019
End (if applicable): 31/03/2022
Revised End Date (if applicable):
EPA Project TypeDesk Study
EPA Award TypeSTRIVE – Project Based Awards
Current Project StatusGrant Awarded
Total Funding Amount71438.23
Project Abstract/DescriptionRain Solutions aims to develop an integrated framework of methodologies to assess Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) for the restoration and rehabilitation of urban water resource systems. The research will identify stakeholder and urban ecosystem needs to inform NBS planning and design. The work will review existing experiences of good practices and capitalise upon them by simulating the impact of climate variability and existing urban infrastructure, which in turn will lead to the development of an indicator system for the evaluation of key NBS. The indicator system will allow for assessment of water quantity and quality issues in an urban environment, whilst also examining socio-economic aspects for the communities which benefit from such NBS developments within their area. All of these will be brought together to create an NBS planning and design framework, supporting by machine learning, to generate recommendations which will address challenges associated with climate variability and the well-being of urban areas. The conclusion of the research of all aspects above, will lead to a self-sustainable web-based framework which will work in collaboration with stakeholders and allow for the transfer of knowledge to both potential new stakeholders and the wider community. The expected outputs from this research project are as follows; A) Report examining the impacts of Integrated Constructed Wetlands on communities in Dublin city suburbs. B) Examination of ICW performance for the treatment of contaminated waters. C) Mitigation effects of the ICW systems on extreme weather events. D) Production of a framework for local authorities, development groups, licensing and enforcement, and community groups.
EPA Scientific OfficerRachelClarke

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