Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience
Urban Governance


ENABLE-Enabling Green and Blue Infrastructure Potential In Complex Socio-ecological Regions

2017 - 2019

ENABLE (Enabling Green and Blue Infrastructure Potential In Complex Socio-ecological Regions) explores under which circumstances are (or can) the benefits of green and blue infrastructure be realised in cities. The project looks at the various different benefits urban green and blue infrastructure can offer, how they are distributed and who benefits. It aims to develop new methods and tools to maximize the capacity of green and blue interventions in neighborhoods and metropolitan regions taking into account the local stakeholders’ perspective.

ENABLE has three core objectives:

  • Advance the knowledge on implementing green and blue infrastructure in order to unlock its full potential to provide social and environmental benefits and contribute to, for example, storm water retention, diverse habitats and healthier living spaces.
  • Create an assessment framework and develop new analytical approaches to evaluate the performance and resilience of green and blue infrastructure. Key aspects hereby are mental and physical health, social justice and cohesion, eco-gentrification, the socio-economic stratification of urban inhabitants and access rights. The ENABLE assessment framework will promote a holistic understanding of green and blue interventions.
  • Ultimately, support European local governments in their work towards green and blue infrastructure objectives whilst the (environmental, policy, societal) context changes.

The project looks at five European city regions with different challenges, needs and socio-economic circumstances: Halle (Germany), Barcelona (Spain), Łódź (Poland), Stockholm (Sweden) and Oslo (Norway) are the cities involved in the project. The City of New York is studied to relay the European approaches. In each case study city in-depth-analyses are conducted and, in most cases, the wider region of each city is also taken into account.

ENABLE works with a wide range of partners, using a transdisciplinary approaches, and collaborates with the public and private sector in the case study city. It will provide a better understanding how green and blue infrastructure is embedded in the larger city planning and development, by studying the perceptions towards, institutions influencing the planning, implementation and maintenance of green and blue infrastructure as well as the values thereof.

ICLEI Europe is responsible for organizing city workshops and stakeholder events to showcase and exchange with the participating cities as well as the European community working on green and blue infrastructure on the project questions and answers.

  • Halle (Germany)
  • Łódź (Poland)
  • New York (United States)

This research was funded through the 2015-2016 BiodivERsA COFUND call for research
proposals, with the following national funders:

  • The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences, and Spatial Planning
  • Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
  • German aeronotics and space research centre, Germany
  • National Science Centre, Poland
  • The Research Council of Norway
  • Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness