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Greening Regeneration of Urbanized Waterfronts in Delta River Regions

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Urban and Rural Development".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 December 2022) | Viewed by 771

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CITUA—Centre for the Innovation in Territory, Urbanism and Architecture, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais 1, 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: architecture; urban planning; sustainable development; energy efficience; smart cities; nature-based solutions
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CISCNOVA—Interdisciplinary Center Of Social Science, NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 1069-061 Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: bioclimatic design; net-zero buildings; net-zero energy municipalities; smart rural; GIS and BIM
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CERIS - Civil Engineering Research and Innovation for Sustainability, Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Georesources, University of Lisbon, 1049-001 Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: sustainability; green infrastructure; environmental protection; environmental impacts; strategic environmental assessment; spatial planning and geographic information systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The scope of this Special Issue focuses on the Sustainable Regeneration of urbanized waterfronts in delta river regions, exploring the opportunities of greening adaptative approaches. Sea-level rise is now a critical reality that affects millions of inhabitants worldwide, living in settlements with varying degrees of vulnerability and resilience. Climate change and sea-level rise challenges have moved toward the need for adaptation responses that the International Panel on Climate Change has categorized along with three models: Protect, Accommodate, and Retreat (IPCC, 1990). This means that the elaboration of future scenarios based on sustainable regeneration approaches will be crucial in waterfront planning and management. This process could follow many possible pathways, depending on physical, environmental, social, and economic contexts. The purpose of the Special Issue is to collect theoretical and practical contributions on solutions that promote the incremental retreat, protection, and accommodation of urban settlement, coupled with the promotion of spatial delimitation of buffer zones to implement green waterfront adaptation plans. Following the principle of accommodating sea-level rise and not trying to hold the line, the green regeneration of urbanized waterfronts must be regarded as a short-term intervention that could provide socioeconomic wellbeing, ecological restoration, and public space renewal at present and not just in the future.

This complex task revolves around several topics, including but not limited to the following:

  • Climate change and sea-level rise uncertainty;
  • Resilient models for future water cities;
  • Social and economic analysis of vulnerable communities in the delta river region;
  • Sustainable adaptative waterfront masterplan;
  • Planning adaptative green infrastructures;
  • Landscape and urban design solutions against rising sea levels;
  • Land-use planning, property rights tenure and compensation mechanisms;
  • Digitalization tools to support policy making and spatial planning decisions;
  • Funding for local authorities;
  • GIS and waterfronts adaptation scenarios;
  • Cases studies in the delta river region.

Dr. Miguel Amado
Dr. Francesca Poggi
Dr. Evelina Brigite Rodrigues
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  • climate change
  • sea-level rise
  • sustainable waterfronts
  • public policies
  • urban design
  • GIS
  • green regeneration

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