This Webinar focused on how we move to a nature-based…
Seminar Series: Nature-Based Solutions – from theory to application
Using nature-based solutions in our communities is a potential win all round – good for water, good for climate, good for biodiversity and good for people. Making this happen means changing how we think about the design, delivery and use of our built environment. This four-part series hosted by Engineers Ireland and organised in association with the LA Waters Programme and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage will introduce key concepts and provide a guide to designing and managing these projects.
Our society continues to adapt to innovations in technology, long-established patterns disrupted by climate change, and our desire to make healthier lifestyle choices, amongst other factors.
Our infrastructure, at all scales, needs to evolve to take advantage of these changes, and the broad range of built environment stakeholders all have a vital role to play in shaping these new landscapes and driving this transition.
Why employ nature-based solutions?
- Improves climatic resilience in the face of increased risk of flooding and extreme temperature
- Increases biodiversity
- Creates more sustainable and climate-adaptive urban neighbourhoods through the allocation of space to natural landscaping
However, employing these techniques requires a change in the way we think about the design and delivery of our roads, streets and public spaces across all of our settlements.
To help make these choices better understood we need to explain what they are, how they work and what this means for the people and communities affected by these changes.
To deliver this transition will need a new paradigm, one that reshapes how these choices are regulated, how they are adopted and maintained.
This webinar series is designed to provide a whole life narrative and decision-making framework for the many parties involved in the process.
Structured on a universal design and delivery process it will walk through the process and provide a guide on how to identify and respond to conditions as a project typically proceeds, identifying those stakeholders and project disciplines that should be involved at each stage.
The series will draw different interests over the four sessions, with some participants present for all four. However, there is a shifting emphasis in terms of skill, discipline and relationships as a typical project progresses through the design stages.
After the series, the participants should have gained:
- An understanding of the value and benefits of Nature Based Urban Infrastructure Design & Delivery
- An overview of how to appraise site conditions to determine options and concepts
- Insight into key considerations when developing a concept which is then used for consent and statutory assessment purposes
- An appreciation of the prevailing Statutory processes and design stages in terms of design detail, content and documentation
- Insight into examples of employing these techniques into the design of engineering projects
- Logging and documenting the process for ongoing operation, management, and knowledge sharing
- Networking and forging supply chain relationships
Chair, Conor Galvin, Office of Public Works
Background: Fran Igoe, Local Authority Waters Programme
- Speaker 1: Achieving Water Framework Directive Objectives through Integrated Catchment Management and Nature-Based Solutions: River Santry Case Study, John Stack, Dublin City Council
- Speaker 2: Dublin City Council, Greening Strategies, integration of nature-based SUDS, and co-benefits. Peter Leonard, Dublin City Council
- Speaker 3. Adoption of nature-based solutions in the Urban Periphery – local roads and transition zones. Seán Fitzsimons. Clandillon Civil Consulting
- Speaker 4: Delivering benefits with Nature-based solutions by managing risk of sewer flooding. Michael Goss, Uisce Éireann
Webinar 2: Projects at Detailed Design Stage – Thursday, 11 May
Chair. Finola O’Driscoll, National Transport Authority
- Speaker 1: Integrating nature-based solutions into Social housing. Padraig O’Gorman, Carlow County Council
- Speaker 2: Moving from hard engineers solutions to a nature based approach (bioretention) to managing surface water on a primary road in a rural town. N74 TII Project. Alan Costello and Aidan O’Connell, Mott MacDonald
- Speaker 3: Building nature-based solutions into an active travel project in Glenageary. Conor Geraghty, DLRCC
Webinar 3: Projects at Construction Stage – Thursday, 18 May
Chair. Stephen O’Malley, Civic Engineers
- Speaker 1: Rainscapes. Anthony McCloy, McCloys Consulting
- Speaker 2: In practice – learnings from the UK. Meristem Design | Habib Khan
- Speaker 3: Retro Fitting the Urban Environment for SUDS. Pilot Project – The North East Inner City Greening Strategy. Gareth Toolan, Dublin City Council
- Speaker 4: Moving from an eye-sore with surface water management issues using nature-based solutions – a simple example for Local Authorities. Padraig O’Gorman, Carlow County Council
Webinar 4: Maintenance and Lessons Learnt – Thursday, 25 May
Chair. Adrian Conway*, ex Dublin City Council
- Speaker 1: Emerging considerations on the adoption from NBS. An example from the N4 Collooney to Castlebaldwin, Sligo. Seán Fitzsimons. Clandillon Civil Consulting
- Speaker 2: Maintenance considerations from the Cardiff experience. Some top tips! Ian Titherington, Senior Policy Adviser – Sustainable Drainage, Welsh Government.
- Speaker 3: Plants and landscaping. What, where and when. Isla Jackson, Civic Engineers