WP1: Urban ecology, green spaces; use and livelihoods

Objective and tasks

The WP1 will explore the use, functions, and livelihood activities in the urban green spaces and identify opportunities and barriers for integrating stormwater management in the urban landscape.

The tasks are:

  1. To identify and map the green structure and its temporal development and develop relevant typologies of green areas according to ecosystems functions and land uses at a city level 
  2. To investigate the importance of livelihood activities in the urban landscape and its significance and explore how people experience their livelihood activities as threatened by or depending on flooding
  3. Explore and determine the interrelation between the different land uses and how they influence ecosystem functions and stormwater management
  4. Identify opportunities and barriers for integrating stormwater management in the landscape

Methods and scope

The WP has three interrelated scopes, i.e. a structural, a social and an ecological scope. The structural city level investigation and overview of the urban landscape and categorization into typologies will methodologically be conducted based on aerial photos, maps, field surveying and verification, interviews and GIS. The investigation into livelihoods also takes a qualitative approach such as interviews, questionnaires and focus groups in order to grasp the perceptions and the livelihoods of people and the experience of threats and possibilities related to urban water resources with a case in the pilot site. Analysis of the interactions between ecosystem functions and land uses will be conducted using an ecological approach to understand, for example, how different plants/crops/uses can reduce/increase run-off intensity, erosion, water quality, etc. with an outset in case pilot sites.