It can be assumed that, as the earth’s atmosphere heats up, heavy rainfall events will increase—in terms of both frequency and intensity. With this in mind, appropriate water management plans are an absolute necessity. One approach is to reclaim floodplains by re-naturalizing rivers and streams, thereby reducing the risk of flooding.
Also known as green-blue infrastructure, near-natural flowing waters also make an important contribution to healthy living in our cities. Evaporation of water from flowing waters and their vegetation reduces the ambient temperature (especially during hot periods, which are also more frequent due to climate change) and thus improves living conditions in overheated residential areas. Trees along the banks and near the water’s edge also help cool the environment by shading the ground.