Issue Brief on “Rethinking the Policy Capacity of Pakistan to Adopt Blue-Green Infrastructure”

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Background

The notion of incorporating nature into urban planning is becoming quite popular in cities throughout the world, mainly due to aggravating impacts of climate crisis in the form of shifting rainfall patterns, floods, droughts, and heat waves. This is where the blue-green infrastructure comes into play; a novel approach that offers nature-based solutions for flood resilience by combining green infrastructure and sustainable water management.

What is Blue-Green Infrastructure

The blue-green infrastructure projects cover a broad array of examples from small-scale green roofs and rain gardens to large-scale living walls and urban forests, treating water as an opportunity rather than a threat.[1] However, the mainstreaming of blue-green approaches to sustainable development depends heavily on the knowledge and priorities of stakeholders. Therefore, the policy capacity of a nation holds prime importance in disseminating awareness regarding sustainable water resilience, engaging relevant interest groups, and providing incentives to corporations for investment in blue-green infrastructure.

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