Inhabitants of high-density urban areas are faced with multiple environment-related issues. Among these, there is summer heat stress caused by urban heat island effect as well as storm water related flooding, both exacerbated by climate change. Additionally, they encompass the negative physiological and psychological effects associated with a scarcity of appropriable open space and a general nature deficit, as well as concrete health issues related to excess noise and the intake of pollutants. In the long-term, the loss of biodiversity can threaten ecosystem functioning and consequently, human well-being.
Urbanisation understood as the ongoing concentration of human activities in dense agglomerations, has not only global environmental repercussions (such as the hike in GHG emissions triggered by increased economic activity). High levels of urban density, industrial activity, and mobility also have local consequences such as soil sealing and contamination, the reduction of green and open spaces, noise and air pollution and associated effects such as loss of habitats.
As an element of multifunctional Urban Green Infrastructure, carefully planned and innovatively designed urban green walls can potentially mitigate negative side-effects of urbanisation. In addition to micro-climatic benefits, these elements can improve sojourn time quality, allow for a multitude of social activities, increase water retention capacity, reduce noise pollution, absorb pollutants and fine particulates and enhance biodiversity.
FACILITATORY (PUBLIC) BODIES:
green spaces department; environmental and sustainability department; water and sewer management department; planning and development department; community development department; asset management department
LOCAL TASK FORCE:
professional expert; landowners; community group
dense inner city; underused urban sites & building; (sub-)urban communities; urban region
MAIN NECESSARY RESOURCES ARE:
monetary investments; space; local knowledge; expert knowledge
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