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SPARE: Space for resilience

Public Park

How do we plan for stormwater, biodiversity and recreation to increase urban resilience?

The COVID-19 pandemic has raised public awareness about the importance of societal preparedness and of access to space to reduce exposure to the virus and mitigate the effects of lockdowns.

The main hypothesis of SPARE is that there will be an increased public and political willingness in the aftermath of the pandemic to also plan for climate change and sufficient space for resilient function of biodiversity, stormwater and recreation and thus to conserve, restore or implement more blue-green infrastructure or nature-based solutions in our cities. SPARE is both the title of our project and a planning and management concept (SPARE-management) at the core of the proposed research.

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