How to increase urban sustainability and support stormwater management?

How to increase urban sustainability and support stormwater management?

The clime as we used to know, changed. The climatic change it is a reality. One of the many consequences is the extreme meteorological phenomena, e.g. droughts, storms and flooding. To have an answer to this is necessary to minimize the consequences and mitigate the causes, which means that is necessary to adapt to these new scenarios.

More than half of the global population lives in cities, which are already experience these climatic changes, causing economic losses and affecting their wellbeing. In 2050 is expected that seventy percent of global population will be living in urban areas, turning necessary to have available new construction possibilities to help handling with this new scenario and boost sustainability. To answer to this challenge, is possible to count with Nature-Based Solutions where Leca® LWA can be used.

In Urban Green Space’s book, is possible to find a dedicated chapter, Nature-Based Solutions Using LECA LWA to Increase Urban Sustainability and Support Stormwater Management where detailed solutions can be found.

One of the writters, Jaran R. Wood, give us his testimony about this special chapter:

“Urban Green Spaces should be read by anyone who are curious about how we can ensure safe, pleasant and sustainable habitats for us to live in. With the changing climate we have to change our cities as well, and we must rethink how we plan and construct solutions for stormwater management. The chapter Nature-Based Solutions Using LECA LWA to Increase Urban Sustainability and Support Stormwater Management addresses this highly relevant subject. Here we can learn about recent scientific studies and specific cases with solutions using Leca®, a lightweight expanded clay aggregate, as a substrate for retaining and detaining stormwater. Nature based solutions are also sustainable solutions, and by constructing smart with materials such as Leca®, the need for electricity to handle stormwater is reduced, biodiversity is increased, pollution is removed, and societal damage can be minimized – and such effects are all contributing to a more sustainable society. In order to increase city resilience against stormwater, we must disseminate knowledge and create cross-professional arenas for the exchange of new ideas, experiences and innovations, and this publication sets a good example on how we can accomplish this.”

Jaran R. Wood

Manager | Products, Development, Sustainability

Leca Norway