BlueHealth at the Green Infrastructure Conclave

Posted on: 18 December 2020 | By: James Grellier

University of Exeter researcher and BlueHealth project manager James Grellier today presented an overview of the project, its findings and the BlueHealth Toolbox to an international audience of some 200 urban planners, engineers and architects at the International Knowledge Conclave on Green Infrastructure.

In partnership with the University of West England, and supported by the Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) and International Water Security Network (IWSN), the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) organised the Conclave as a forum for discussing research tools and dissemination activities that help understand how green infrastructure and blue-green spaces in towns and cities can affect health and wellbeing as well as helping to make water sensitive and resilient urban settlements.

Although the Toolbox was developed and tested in Europe, there is no reason why these tools couldn’t be used to provide evidence and guidance to designers and planners in lower- and middle-income countries, particularly given their flexible implementation.Cities today face multiple challenges, arising from ever increasing demand for services, failing infrastructure and climate change. Access to safe water and sanitation for all is a key challenge, represented by Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6.

James’s presentation is available here. The live streams of the meeting are also available online.