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Nature Smart Cities across the 2 Seas

Priority Axis

Adaptation to Climate Change

Specific objective

Adaptation to Climate Change

Lead partner

Southend on Sea Borough Council






Project budget

6 380 472

ERDF amount

3 828 283

ERDF rate



    Common challenge

    A clear knowledge gap exists for local authorities (LAs) that prevents them from deploying green infrastructure (GI) on a scale that enables urban landscapes to adapt to the future impacts of climate change and build more sustainable communities. Cities and towns are not investing in GI and the valuation tools for justifying GI on economic, social, cultural and environmental grounds are simply not being used by LAs, who instead rely on EU and national subsidies or deliver GI projects on a ‘one off’ basis. The exceptions are capital/larger cities (populations > 550,000 approx.) that have access to more finance and resources than smaller urban areas. Urban areas < 550,000 people are not investing in GI. Valuation tools for GI are simply not being used and LAs lack the ability to properly account for the direct cash benefits of GI. LAs need to be enabled to overcome market barriers to using their own city-finance to fund GI climate investments and step away from subsidy dependence.



    City of Bruges

    Municipality Kapelle

    Imperial College London

    Provincie Antwerpen

    Den Haag

    Cambridge City Council

    Universiteit Gent

    Universiteit Antwerpen


    De Zuidrand Streekvereniging