Contributions of green infrastructure to enhancing urban resilience

Chad Staddon, Sarah Ward, Laura De Vito, Adriana Zuniga-Teran, Andrea K. Gerlak, Yolandi Schoeman, Aimee Hart, Giles Booth

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After briefly reviewing key resilience engineering perspectives and summarising some green infrastructure (GI) tools, we present the contributions that GI can make to enhancing urban resilience and maintaining critical system functionality across complex integrated social–ecological and technical systems. We then examine five key challenges for the effective implementation of GI that include (1) standards; (2) regulation; (3) socio-economic factors; (4) financeability; and (5) innovation. We highlight ways in which these challenges are being dealt with around the world, particularly through the use of approaches that are both context appropriate and socially inclusive. Although progress surmounting these challenges has been made, more needs to be done to ensure that GI approaches are inclusive and appropriate and feature equally alongside more traditional ‘grey’ infrastructure in the future of urban resilience planning. This research was undertaken for the Resilience Shift initiative to shift the approach to resilience in practice for critical infrastructure sectors. The programme aims to help practitioners involved in critical infrastructure to make decisions differently, contributing to a safer and better world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)330-338
Number of pages9
JournalEnvironment Systems and Decisions
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018


  • Appropriateness
  • Challenges
  • Green infrastructure
  • Inclusiveness
  • Resilience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science


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