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Connswater Community Greenway

A short description of the NBS project

The Connswater Community Greenway (CCG) has created a 9km linear park through east Belfast, following the course of the Connswater, Knock and Loop Rivers, connecting the open and green spaces. The Greenway has created vibrant, attractive, safe and accessible parkland for leisure, recreation, community events and activities. The project improves the quality of life for the people of east Belfast. These include the 40.000 residents, pupils and students attending the 23 schools and colleges, visitors and tourists to east Belfast and those who chose to work and invest in east Belfast. A whole new greener environment has emerged to link local residents to parks, leisure facilities, businesses, shopping centre, schools and colleges. In particular, project main key facts are: • 9km linear park for walking and cycling; • 16km of foot and cycle paths; • 26 new or improved bridges and crossings; • Serve 23 schools and colleges; • Up to 5 km of rivers cleaned; • Hubs for education, interpretation points and tourism and heritage trails; • Wildlife corridor from Belfast Lough to the Castlereagh Hills. The CCG aims to encourage healthier and more active people, engaging with community members and community groups in specific activities, with schools and colleges in specific activities and with key stakeholder groups. Furthermore, the Connswater Community Greenway aims to contribute to the economic regeneration of east Belfast through investment, employment and tourism, encouraging ownership through volunteer activities, promoting the Greenway in the media, developing tourism and heritage trails and Protecting properties from flooding.

NBS Implementation context
Location UK, Belfast (United Kingdom)
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Longitude
Status Project delivered (2012-2017)
Dates
Description of the NBS
NBS Scale city
NBS Impacts scale City
Urban density/ Soil consumption • Medium • Low (suburb at the limit with rural areas, etc.)
Combined with other(s) environmental friendly solution(s)?
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NBS Typology
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NBS Uban Challenges
Climate Issues Climate mitigation
Climate adaptation
Other 0
Urban water management and quality Urban water management and quality
Flood management
Other 0
Air Quality Air quality at district/city scale
Air quality locally
Other 0
Urban Space and Biodiversity Biodiversity
Urban space design
Urban space management
Other 0
Urban Regeneration and Soil Air quality at district/city scale
Other 0
Resource efficiency Food, energy and water
Raw materials
Waste
Recycling
Other 0
Public health and well-being Acustic
Quality of life
Health
Other 0
Environmental justice and social cohesion Environmental Justice: Recognition
Environmental Justice: Procedural Justice
Environmental Justice: Distributional Justice
Environmental Justice: Capabilities
Environmental Justice: Responsibility
Social Cohesion
Other 0
Urban planning and governance Urban planning and form
Governance in planning
Other 0
People Security Control of crimes
Control of extraordinary events
Other 0
Green economy Circular economy
Bioeconomy activities
Direct economic value of NBS
Other 0
Other
Stakeholder and Governance
Who Started this initiative? Governments • Local government/municipality (Belfast City Council)
Contracting Authority
Project manager (leader and main partners): entities names, and know-how involved
Who (else) was involved in the project ? (Inhabitants, local association, etc.)
More detail on the process and the role of the different stakeholders (How did it happen?)
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Cluster Governance Model Description
cluster5_network_governanceAdaptive_comanagementThe Connswater Community Greenway is a £40 million investment in East Belfast. It is funded by the Big Lottery Fund, Belfast City Council, the Department for Communities and Department for Infrastructure. An £11 million flood alleviation scheme incorporated into the project has helped to reduce flooding to 1700 properties.
Financing
Global Estimated cost of the project more than 5M€ (£40 million)
Cluster CLUSTER 1: Public financing; CLUSTER 2: Financial institutions CLUSTER 4: PUBLIC-PRIVATE
FM CLUSTER 1: Public financing; CLUSTER 2: Financial institutions • Municipal Green Bonds; CLUSTER 4: PUBLIC-PRIVATE
Description of the financing mechanism The Connswater Community Greenway is a £40 million investment in East Belfast. It is funded by the Big Lottery Fund, Belfast City Council, the Department for Communities and Department for Infrastructure. An £11 million flood alleviation scheme incorporated into the project has helped to reduce flooding to 1700 properties.
Business Model
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Temporal Factor
Expected time for the NBS to be fully effective after its implementation
Expected life time of the intervention
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Success and limiting factors
Process Enablers
Class Subclass Type Description
Knowledge_driversCollaboration • Co-creation -
Governance_driversCo-creation and participation • Involvement of urban government
Economy_driversGovernment support • Public-private partnerships
Process Inhibitors
Class Subclass Type Description
Knowledge_drivers-
Governance_driversDisconnection between short-term actions and long term goals; Complexity of governance structure • Role ambiguity
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Has the project received a media coverage? (in reviews, in press, etc.)
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