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GreenUrbanClimate project

A short description of the NBS project

Climate change is ongoing and causes an increase in extreme weather events, such as heat waves and torrential rain. The effect of these extremes on cities is disproportionately severe. The GreenUrbanClimate (GrünStadtKlima) research project was conceived to respond to this issue by investigating the efficiency of various types of urban pavement with respect to their microclimatic effects, drainage behaviour and elimination of pollutants. In particular, about 30 partners from industry and research joined forces to investigate roof greening, wall greening and permeable surfaces used as way or road consolidation method. The aim of the project is to improve existing and develop new roof greening, wall greening and permeable surfaces methods. Therefore investigations in the fields of Landscape Construction, Spatial Planning, Meteorology and Economy have been done. On different locations in Vienna roof greening, wall greening and permeable surfaces are investigated comprehensively. By mains of these results the effect of roof greening, wall greening and permeable surfaces on the climate and water balance of urban areas is simulated.

NBS Implementation context
Location Austria, Wien (Austria)
Status Project delivered (01.07.2010-31.12.2013)
Description of the NBS
NBS Scale object (building, etc.)
NBS Impacts scale • Object (building, etc.) • Neighbourhood • City
Urban density/ Soil consumption • High (dense city center, etc.) • Medium • Low (suburb at the limit with rural areas, etc.)
Combined with other(s) environmental friendly solution(s)?
if other
NBS Typology
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NBS Uban Challenges
Climate Issues Climate mitigation
Climate adaptation
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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
Other 0
Public health and well-being Acustic
Quality of life
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
Stakeholder and Governance
Who Started this initiative? Community • Research institutions (BOKU University Wien, Institute for Sanitary Engineering and Water Pollution Control, Institute of Meteorology, Institute of Soil Bioengineering and Landscape Construction, Institute of Spatial Planning, Environmental Planning and Land Rearrangement (IRUB))
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?)
OPTIONAL Considering the actual impacts, who are the primary beneficiaries of the project.
Cluster Governance Model Description
cluster5_network_governanceCollaborative_governanceThe project was funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), the national funding agency for industrial research and development in Austria.
Global Estimated cost of the project -
Cluster cluster1_public_financing
FM Public financing
Description of the financing mechanism The project was funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), the national funding agency for industrial research and development in Austria.
Business Model
Class Type Description
Temporal Factor
Expected time for the NBS to be fully effective after its implementation
Expected life time of the intervention
Already feedbacks on the project? In case, the project has already been adapted to new requisites, please explain the modifications brought
Success and limiting factors
Process Enablers
Class Subclass Type Description
Knowledge_driversCollaboration Information accessibility and sharing Awareness • Networks; • Knowledge platforms; • Ecological memory -
Governance_driversCo-creation and participation • Cross sectorial spaces and partnerships • Co-production
Economy_driversCreate conditions for new business models and finance schemes
Process Inhibitors
Class Subclass Type Description
Knowledge_driversAccessibility to information • Information overload
Governance_driversInstitutional barriers • Lack of coordination between city departments
Economy_driversPerception of the benefits • Short term vision
What makes this project a pioneer?
Brief description of the innovativeness
Has the project received a prize, an award?
Has the project received a media coverage? (in reviews, in press, etc.)
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