18 Feb 2016
Royal HaskoningDHV has today signed the Newcastle Declaration on Blue and Green Infrastructure, meaning that the company is among the first organisations in the country to commit to expanding the amount of blue and green infrastructure in towns and cities across the UK.

This commitment follows recent research from the Blue-Green Cities Consortium, led by the University of Nottingham, which shows that increasing the amount of blue and green infrastructure in cities could help tackle flood risk and climate change.

Cllr. Ged Bell, Cabinet Member for Investment and Development, with responsibility for climate change at Newcastle City Council, said: “The research is clear – increasing blue and green infrastructure offers significant added value for the City. Smart investments such as this support our efforts for more and better jobs, and can help shield our most vulnerable residents from flooding. This is a new way of working with partners to make such approaches a reality.”

Royal HaskoningDHV sat on the strategic advisory board for the research project and supported the pilot in Newcastle, which has resulted in the approach to tackling flood risk now being used as a role model for other UK cities.

Fola Ogunyoye, Technical Director and Leading Professional for Flood Resilience at Royal HaskoningDHV commented: “A Blue-Green City is one that aims to recreate a naturally-oriented water cycle by bringing water management and green infrastructure together. Investment in this area has a significant role to play in managing flood risk in urban areas, and we are committed to supporting the initiative led by the Blue-Green Cities Consortium.

“The initiative fits well with our work with natural systems to create more sustainable and multi-functional spaces in cities. One of the key challenges facing urban environments is dealing with the predicted increase in extreme rainfall, and our Sustainable Drainage Retrofit Feasibility Tool helps to combat this area. We have already begun work in this area and are dedicated to our ongoing commitment to restore blue-green infrastructure across the UK.”

The signing occurred this afternoon at the Blue-Green Cities national conference ‘Improving Flood Resilience: The Blue-Green Advantage’, which took place at the Newcastle Life Science Centre.

Fola Ogunyoye also took part in a panel discussion at the event entitled ‘Delivering Blue-Green Cities – implications for academia, policy and practice’.

For more details, please visit: http://blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/blue-greencities