Developing a business case for greening hard coastal and estuarine infrastructure: preliminary results

Naylor, L. , Coombes, M., Kippen, H., Horton, B., Gardiner, T., Roca Collell, M., Simm, J. and Underwood, G. J.C. (2018) Developing a business case for greening hard coastal and estuarine infrastructure: preliminary results. In: Burgess, K. (ed.) Coasts, Marine Structures and Breakwaters 2017: Realising the Potential. Series: ICE Coasts, Maritime Structures and Breakwaters Conference Series. ICE Publishing, pp. 801-814. ISBN 9780727763174 (doi:10.1680/cmsb.63174.0801)

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Abstract

This paper presents a new framework of critical success factors (CSF) that is being developed to aid approval of ecological enhancements and green engineering options in cities, historic conservation areas, estuaries and at the coast. This is intended to support asset managers, engineers, conservation and biodiversity teams, decision-makers, and other end-users. The CSF framework is outlined and demonstrated by assessing the engineering performance and ecosystem services benefits of ecological enhancements used in specific operational scale case studies. Where data availability permits, the costs and benefits of different greening approaches compared to ‘business as usual’ are assessed. Three coastal and estuarine case studies are presented to demonstrate how the framework can be applied to compare traditional engineering solutions to green-grey options. Results show that simple, inexpensive ecological enhancement and green engineering solutions can deliver more multifunctional benefits than business as usual solutions for similar or reduced costs. They also demonstrate that the CSF framework will be a powerful tool that can aid practitioners in evaluating green engineering solutions compared with business as usual.

Item Type:Book Sections
Additional Information:Proceedings of the 11th ICE Coasts, Maritime Structures and Breakwaters Conference Series, 'Realising the Potential, 5-7 September 2017, Liverpool, UK.
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Naylor, Dr Larissa and Roca Collell, Dr Marta Roca Coll and Kippen, Mr Hugh
Authors: Naylor, L., Coombes, M., Kippen, H., Horton, B., Gardiner, T., Roca Collell, M., Simm, J., and Underwood, G. J.C.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Publisher:ICE Publishing
ISBN:9780727763174

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