In an era of Europe’s natural capital being under increased cumulative pressure from intensive agriculture, fisheries and forestry, and urban sprawl, RECONECT will stimulate a new culture of co-creation of ‘land use planning’ that links the reduction of hydro-meteorological risk with local and regional development objectives in a sustainable and financially viable way.

To do that, RECONECT draws upon the network of carefully selected Demonstrators and Collaborators that cover a range of local conditions, geographic characteristics, governance structures and social/cultural settings to successfully upscale NBS throughout Europe and internationally. The RECONECT consortium is a transdisciplinary partnership between researchers, industry partners (SMEs and large consultancies) and responsible agencies at the local and watershed/regional level dedicated to achieve the desired outcomes of the project.

RECONECT starts with a comprehensive review and mapping of existing planning/policy/regulatory frameworks and experiences related to NBS, and then proceeds to co-creation, demonstration, referencing, validation, and upscaling activities within a network of cases. Demonstration and evaluation work will focus on four key themes that have particular relevance to hydro-meteorological risk reduction, primarily floods, storm surges, landslides and droughts.

 

Seden Strand, Odense, Denmark. Photo: Reconect

Financer: H2020 Innovation Action, European Union

Coordinator: STICHTING IHE DELFT INSTITUTE FOR WATER EDUCATION, Netherlands