Green and Blue Space Adaptation for Urban Areas and Eco Towns (GRaBS)

The GRaBS project involved a network of leading pan-European organisations involved in integrating climate change adaptation into regional planning and development. Led by the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA), GRaBS raised awareness and increased the expertise of key bodies responsible for spatial planning and development as to how green and blue infrastructure can help new and existing mixed use urban development adapt to projected climate scenarios. By fostering cooperation amongst planners, stakeholders, policy-makers and local communities, the project assessed the delivery mechanisms that exist for new urban mixed use development and urban regeneration in each partner country so that good practice adaptation action plans could be made to deliver urban greening and adaptation strategies. A further output was an innovative, cost effective and user friendly risk and vulnerability assessment tool, to aid the strategic planning of climate change adaptation responses. Overall, GRaBS improved stakeholder and community understanding and involvement in planning, delivering and managing green infrastructure in new and existing urban mixed use development, based on positive community involvement techniques.

Funded by: 
European Union's Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and made possible by the INTERREG IVC Programme
Principal coordinator: 
Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA)
Lead contact: 
Project timeframe: 
September 2008 - August 2010
School of Environment and Development