Cities and researchers in China and EU are experimenting with UF-NBS at different urban scales, from the regional, peri-urban to the street level. These efforts create a living laboratory for new ideas on how to plan, establish, govern, manage and monitor tree-rich landscapes for the benefit of urban societies at large.
At the same time, there is an urgent need to systematically review, connect and expand the existing fragmented knowledge and experience on the potential of UF-NBS. This need is the starting point for CLEARING HOUSE: bringing together two major arenas of urban development, Europe and China, the motivation is to learn across local experiences and to improve the development of what is collectively termed the “urban forest” at a larger scale.
This case study looks into the opportunities of using brownfields to compensate for the city population’s massive re-growth. Indeed, pressures on the city’s remaining green open spaces are strongly increasing, transforming thus former industrial sites into opportunities to support urban biodiversity and provide green outdoor recreational services. To facilitate this green transition, our partners at the Humboldt University of Berlin have developed a monitoring tool and a citizen science approach with both aiming at developing green infrastructure while fostering the identification of residents with their “green city.
City pairings and specific UF-NBS challenges
Specific questions identified as critical will be addressed by the CLEARING HOUSE research team in a comparative setting. The city pairings and specific UF-NBS challenges will be further solidified in view of enabling the most insightful comparative analysis in response to the co-design process.
UF-NBS for river catchment restoration, increasing attractiveness and nature connectivity.
Formerly heavy industry region, today one of the fastest growing city-regions in Germany, air pollution from traffic.