Working on NWRM requires understanding of a broad range of key concepts. This page gathers definitions for a set of key concepts used when addressing NWRM. It sets a shared ontology, with interlinkages between concepts.
Within the framework of natural water retention measures (NWRM), urban planning refers to the application of the "Grey to Green" principle within cities. The specific focus of urban planning for NWRM is to achieve sustainable water management by mimicking natural functions and processes in the urban environment.
Urban forest parks or protected areas provide multiple benefits including increased water infiltration, pollutant filtration, reductions in peak flow and maintenance of base flows. Urban forests also have many other aesthetic, biodiversity and quality of life benefits.
- Based on Stella definitions, adapted by NWRM project experts and validated by the European Commission