WP1 aims to examine dominant understandings and discourse about urban aquatic ecosystems and water management improvement processes on a European and international level. Apart from creating a comparative framework of water management systems, WP1 also will address contextual specificities in exploring the values and benefits of nature-based solutions.
WP2 will assess the hydrological and ecological impacts of NBS deployment for combined sewer overflow management and - through the application of ecosystem models - develop a more coherent understanding of the benefits of NBS.
WP3 will assess stakeholder needs and values across different parts of the socio-ecological-technical systems to ensure that proposed NBS are meaningful, inclusive and valuable to local residents and users and fulfil both social and ecological requirements.
WP4 aims to improve urban NBS policy, governance, design and implementation to successfully mitigate runoff impacts.
WP5 coordinates the stakeholder engagement and exchange within and across the five NICHES cities to ensure that the project’s methods, models and materials will be appropriately designed and tested as well as raise awareness of project results within wider audiences.
WP6 is responsible for the overall coordination of NICHES and the sharing of knowledge between the case studies, work packages, and outreach activities of WP5.