Aim and Objectives

The aim and main objective of UrbanRainis to examine the opportunities and challenges regarding planning for the up-scaling and expansion of rainwater harvesting (RWH) systems as socio-technical devices in order to enhance sustainable water management in European urban areas.

Specific Objectives of the Research

Within the overall aim of the project, UrbanRain will pursue the following specific objectives:

1) Conduct a strategic review of empirical cases of transitions towards up-scaling and mainstreaming RWH systems in Europe, with a focus on the role of planning (urban planning, water management planning, infrastructure planning)

2) Identify the key multi-dimensional constraints, drivers, factors, and thresholds for evaluating the sustainability of urban RWH

3) Produce a state-of-the-art study of the current position and prospects of planning and implementation of up-scaled/extended urban RWH in Europe