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Assessing The Full Benefits of WSUD: Activating WSUD for Healthy Resilient Communities

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The potential benefits of water sensitive urban design (WSUD) usually include better hydrology and water quality and healthier aquatic ecosystems.

However, assessments of the benefits of WSUD that focus solely on these water-related outcomes are incomplete in scope. WSUD has the potential to deliver a wide range of other environmental and social co-benefits. This paper suggests WSUD should be repositioned in New Zealand to realise its potential to deliver a wide range of water-related and non-water-related benefits. The research team has developed a qualitative assessment method tool, ‘More Than Water’ (MTW) – outlined here and fully described in: Moores, J., Ira, S., Batstone, C. & Simcock, R. (2019). The ‘More than Water’ WSUD Assessment Tool. Report for Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities: Activating water sensitive urban design for healthy resilient communities (Contestable Research), 64pgs. Wellington: BBHTC.

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