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Urban Heat Islands Strategy Plan Vienna

A short description of the NBS project

The project “Urban Heat Islands – Strategy Plan Vienna” is part of the international CE (Central Europe) project “Urban Heat Islands – Development and application of mitigation and adaptation strategies and measures for counteracting the global Urban Heat Islands phenomenon” (duration 2011-2014). Within the framework of the international project 8 metropolises are examined. Along with Bologna/Modena, Venezia/Padova, Stuttgart, Lodz/Warsaw, Prague, Budapest and Ljubljana, Wien is one of the study areas. The aim of the project “Urban Heat Islands – Strategy Plan Vienna” is the identification of measures and adaptations to reduce the negative aspects of urban warming. The intention is to develop a strategic plan for the city to implement urban and open space planning measures as well as urban ecology measures that reduce the negative aspects of urban warming. Based on planning tools and instruments of the different control levels of urban planning and development, possibilities of action for the City of Wien and in addition, opportunities to raise awareness and promote acceptance of measures that reduce urban heat effects are identified: technical measures (i.e. green spaces, water, shading, albedo, buildings, mobility, de-sealing, etc.), public relations/information (i.e. public events and competitions) and control levels/instruments (i.e. zoning and development plans, developer competitions, housing initiative and public housing, subsidies, etc.).

NBS Implementation context
Location Austria, Wien (Austria)
Status Project delivered (2011-2014)
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
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
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Urban water management and quality Urban water management and quality
Flood management
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Air Quality Air quality at district/city scale
Air quality locally
Other 0
Urban Space and Biodiversity Biodiversity
Urban space design
Urban space management
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Urban Regeneration and Soil Air quality at district/city scale
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Resource efficiency Food, energy and water
Raw materials
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Public health and well-being Acustic
Quality of life
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Environmental justice and social cohesion Environmental Justice: Recognition
Environmental Justice: Procedural Justice
Environmental Justice: Distributional Justice
Environmental Justice: Capabilities
Environmental Justice: Responsibility
Social Cohesion
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Urban planning and governance Urban planning and form
Governance in planning
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People Security Control of crimes
Control of extraordinary events
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Green economy Circular economy
Bioeconomy activities
Direct economic value of NBS
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Stakeholder and Governance
Who Started this initiative? Governments • Regional / national government
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Who (else) was involved in the project ? (Inhabitants, local association, etc.)
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Cluster Governance Model Description
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Cluster cluster1_public_financing
FM Public financing
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