Sustainability & resilience benefits of urban projects

The last couple of years, the Urban Environment and Climate Change team at IHS has been developing and testing an integrated Sustainability and Resilience Benefits Assessment framework, to be applied on urban green growth projects. Last week, the paper presenting the SRBA methodology, its development through extensive literature review, as well as the example of its application on an urban forest project in the city of Cali in Colombia, was published at the Sustainability open access journal.

Keywords of the research are: integrated framework; sustainability and resilience benefits assessment; urban interventions; green growth; SDGs

Apart from presenting the aforementioned SRBA framework, the paper mentions the connections of the sustainability and resilience benefits/indicators to the 17 SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The need for measurable project impacts and benefits that combine environmental, social, economic and institutional aspects, is one of the main reasons to develop such a framework in order to inform decision making towards reaching the Sustainable Development Goals.

Additionally, through the presentation of the applied example of the method in Cali, the paper highlights the added value of data visualization for the assessments of urban qualities, even if the visual representations come from technical, analytical (and not “creative”) software such as GIS.

As was mentioned before, the paper was published in an open access journal, making it accessible to everyone for free. This is a reason to celebrate.

You can download the paper here.

Authors: Stelios Grafakos, Alberto Gianoli, Alexandra Tsatsou

Sustainability 2016, 8(5), 461; doi:10.3390/su8050461

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Overall SRBA sustainability and resilience benefits framework (source)