Case Studies

PlanSmart addresses water-borne challenges through investigating the effectiveness of options for nature-based solutions and technical alternatives, developing novel procedures and technologies, and applying a truly transdisciplinary approach.

The research program consists of four main elements: I) A conceptual framework will be jointly developed to guide the inter- and transdisciplinary work of the research group on nature-based solutions. II) Innovative case studies will be conducted in order to identify the best available knowledge concerning the successes, success factors and limitations of the context and design of planning and implementing nature-based solutions. III) Transformative research in two real case studies will be applied, meaning one demonstration and one transfer project. IV) The synthesis and processing of the acquired knowledge into a toolkit for planning and realizing nature-based solutions.

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  • Aim of the case study analysis is the generation of knowledge about barriers and success factors from innovative projects concerning the framing and design of planning and implementation processes for nature-based solutions. According to the principles of transformative research projects from the Emscher reconstruction and a case study in the Netherlands will be analyzed.
  • Two implementation projects simultaniously aim for the development of scientific knowledge about planning and implementing nature-based solutions, the generation of practice relevant knowledge and giving the impulse for transformations to resilient development. Therefor we designed a platform for systematic participation of decision makers, stakeholders and experts, so called SolutionLabs, where nature-based solutions can be identified and planned as well as new forms of financing and cooperative implementing can be tested.
  • Furthermore the transferability of solution plans and realization concepts will be tested on different conditions in the transfer project in Costa Rica.