Biodiversity and water sensitive urban design

Urban design that considers biodiversity and the water cycle can deliver greener, more liveable communities.

This means thoughtful, ecologically sustainable development that focuses on the management of urban water resources and environmental protection in residential, commercial and industrial developments.

Biodiversity sensitive and water sensitive urban design are integral to creating attractive and sustainable urban living conditions and creating crucial habitat for wildlife.

Biodiversity sensitive urban design seeks to address the negative impacts of urban development on biodiversity and to create onsite habitat, promote ecological processes and encourage positive human interactions with nature. Reducing our footprint will allow for more vegetated space that will provide habitat and lessen barriers to movement for animals. Examples could include green roofs and habitat walls that create habitat for native birds and insects.

Water sensitive urban design brings together the management of water from all sources – stormwater, wastewater, rainwater and groundwater - to achieve secure and sustainable water supplies for our urban communities and economy.

Green Adelaide will partner with state and local government, the planning system and Water Sensitive SA to encourage policies that embed greening, biodiversity sensitive and water sensitive urban design into private and public planning and development at every scale.

It will also provide grants to local government and other third parties to deliver more water sensitive urban design action across the region to support greening, cooling and climate resilient outcomes.