OALs news – Newsletter February

OAL-UK:  updates from Glasgow Caledonian University and Naturalea

Following consultation with local stakeholders, seven NBS interventions were prioritised at the OAL-UK site, with live pole drains (willow fascines) and live ground anchors (Platipus®anchors, seeded coir grow bags, and stakes of willow and sycamore) installed in Spring 2019. 

In June 2021, five further interventions have been realised at site: high-density planting, live cribwall, live palisades, live slope lattices, and brush layers. The field monitoring of performance of installed NBS is currently ongoing.

The OAL-Italy Policy Roundtable on Nature-based Solutions for hydro-meteorological hazards

UNESCO, University of Bologna, and the OAL-Italy organised a Policy Roundtable on Nature-based Solutions for hydro-meteorological hazards in January 2022, with the aim to share experiences in NBS co-creation and exploitation, address the potential to accelerate NBS uptake at national level, and engage national stakeholders.

The OAL-Italy Stakeholders’ FORUM

The stakeholders’ FORUM of the OAL-Italy gathered again virtually in December 2021. The FORUM is a format for stakeholders’ engagement designed and promoted by the OAL-Italy to ensure a thorough and regular interaction with key stakeholders. About twenty among project partners and stakeholders discussed the governance of the NBS and the permitting paths. 

The Smart Ecosystem-Based Management in the OAL-Ireland

The Smart Ecosystem-Based Management framework approach that has been initialized in OAL-Ireland will provide evidence-based data to integrate sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDs). These SUDs will improve the management of floods upstream of Dublin City, in the transition zone around the UNESCO Dublin Bay, without impacting the natural habitat and biodiversity across the catchment.

Read the February newsletter