Designing resilient regions by applying blue-green infrastructure concepts

Ghofrani, Zahra, Sposito, Victor and Faggian, Robert 2016, Designing resilient regions by applying blue-green infrastructure concepts, in Sustainable City 2016 : Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Urban Regeneration and Sustainability, WIT Press, Southampton, Eng., pp. 493-505, doi: 10.2495/SC160421.

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Title Designing resilient regions by applying blue-green infrastructure concepts
Author(s) Ghofrani, Zahra
Sposito, Victor
Faggian, RobertORCID iD for Faggian, Robert
Conference name Urban Regeneration and Sustainability. International Conference (11th : 2016 : Alicante, Spain)
Conference location Alicante, Spain
Conference dates 2016/07/12 - 2016/07/14
Title of proceedings Sustainable City 2016 : Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Urban Regeneration and Sustainability
Editor(s) Galiano-Garrigos, A.
Brebbia, C.A.
Publication date 2016
Conference series Urban Regeneration and Sustainability International Conference
Start page 493
End page 505
Total pages 13
Publisher WIT Press
Place of publication Southampton, Eng.
Keyword(s) sustainable region,
climate change adaptation
Blue-Green Infrastructure
disaster management
Summary In Australia, weather extremes (droughts and floods) are an accepted component of coupled human-environment systems. Australia is the driest inhabited continent on earth and also has the greatest annual rainfall and run-off variability. Competition for water between the environment, agriculture and domestic uses is intense and the cause of much public debate. It is not unusual for parts of Australia to transition quickly from a state of extreme water scarcity to one of severe flooding. In fact, floods cause more damage in Australia than any other natural disaster. Climate change will exacerbate the situation through increased frequency and intensity of heavy rainfall events and also more intense and longer-lasting droughts. The combination of drought followed by intense rainfall increases the risk of severe flooding, with impacts on civil infrastructure (road and bridge washouts, damage to houses), and impacts on agriculture (soil erosion and destruction of crops and livestock). Structural flood mitigation activities in Australia, such as the construction of levees, was initially driven by private landholders. These measures were often not well planned or integrated at larger scales and therefore have been viewed with some suspicion. More recently, non-structural (land planning, emergency management) approaches have become the key flood mitigation measure. In contrast, The Netherlands takes a structural approach through concepts like Blue-Green Infrastructure (BGI), with the aim of “giving the flood a pathway”. In this context, structural interventions in the landscape provide alternative pathways for flood water, slowing the waters progress such that flood damage is mitigated. Our research focuses on the feasibility of implementing BGI in Australia, considering the costs and benefits in terms of the biophysical environment, infrastructure and socio-economic systems, in order to increase the resilience of rural and regional communities. The research will inform strategic and statutory planning at the regional level.
ISBN 9781784661038
Language eng
DOI 10.2495/SC160421
Field of Research 050205 Environmental Management
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
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