Climate Change Adaptation and Urban Resilience

ICLEI Europe Climate Adaptation and Urban Resilience news - October 2019

Cities find natural solutions to global challenges

Where adaptation solutions can make cities more resilient to climate change, nature-based solutions can future-proof cities’ infrastructure, communities and local economy for the people who live there. Alice Reil, Coordinator, Green Infrastructure and Biodiversity at ICLEI Europe said:
If we want to develop our urban areas sustainably and future-proof them together with all who live and work in our towns and cities across Europe, then we need to make nature-based solutions part of how we envision and plan our cityscapes.

Cities to work together to protect Europe’s cultural heritage from climate change and natural hazards

Hamburg (Germany) and Camerino (Italy) have come together with Bratislava (Slovakia) and Valencia (Spain) to work on better preserving areas of cultural heritage from hazards and risks as part of the ARCH project. Eva Streberová, City of Bratislava, said, “For us, ARCH is interesting because it will provide tools that are currently missing: where climate change, historical centres, intangible culture, risks and stressors overlap.”

New climate resilience project kicks off in Dessau, Germany

The ‘KlimaResilienz in Europa’ project kicked-off its activities with a meeting in Dessau on 9th September 2019. The project is funded by the German Environmental Protection Agency and aims at establishing a European network for practitioners, policy makers, researchers, and other key actors on the topic of climate resilient infrastructures. The project will run 3.5 years.

By the time the project concludes in December 2022, a self-sustaining European thematic network should be established. The project is led by Adelphi, while other partners include the Dutch Research Institute for Transition (DRIFT), Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems (IAIS), ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, European Secretariat, Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IÖR) and the EU Joint Research Centre (JRC) at Ispra.

Outcomes of ICCA 2019

ICLEI European Secretariat and UN-Habitat co-led a workshop on ecosystem-based adaptation with the title: ‘Adapting to change. Enhancing local resilience’ at the International Conference on Climate Action – ICCA2019 in Heidelberg on 22-23 May 2019. The outcomes of the conference overall were summarized in the Heidelberg Partnership Declaration on Collaborative Climate Action across all levels of government.

Sustainable rainwater management in Wrocław

Since 2017, Wrocław has implemented sustainable rainwater management, applying on-site reuse of rainwater whenever possible, as well as progressive release of retained water to delay run-off. The progressive urbanisation of areas outside the inner city and the rapid increase in surface sealing, alongside more frequent extreme weather phenomena caused by climate change, have led to issues with the existing rainwater drainage systems. At times the channels are unable to accommodate such a large amount of water, leading to flash floods.

Milan’s architects visit the city’s green roofs and walls

During this summer’s intense heatwaves, city dwellers have been instinctively escaping the concrete and traffic in favour of cooler rivers and parks. The heat reminds us of our vulnerability in the face of climate change, but instincts remind us of a natural alternative: to bring more nature back into our cities. And potential space for nature does not stop on the ground.

European Commission evaluates its Adaptation Strategy

The European Commission's evaluation of the EU Adaptation Strategy published in November 2018 emphasized that EU policy must seek to create synergies between climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction efforts and sustainable development to avoid future damage and provide for long-term economic and social welfare in Europe and in partner countries and also suggests areas where more work needs to be done to prepare vulnerable regions and sectors.

100 Resilient Cities

The Rockefeller Foundation announced in April the winding down of the 100RC organization at the end of July 2019. Discussion for some continuation both globally and in regions continue. During the Global Urban Resilience Summit in Rotterdam on the 8th of July, The Rockefeller Foundation announced its commitment to continue supporting the work of Chief Resilience Officers (CROs) and member cities within the 100RC Network through an additional grant that will enable the implementation of resilience initiatives incubated through the work of 100RC. Out of 22 cities in Europe and the Middle East, eight are members to ICLEI. The 100RC EME Office in London is working on a broader partnership in Europe with organizations and institutions that will make sure that the resilience work done within 100RC will continue for more resilient cities and regions in Europe and the Middle East.

UrbanByNature – the Global Programme for Urban Nature Pioneers – will host the next webinar in its series. This webinar will explore "How to finance nature-based solutions in the urban environment”.

This webinar, which will take place on 29 October from 14:00-15:00 CET will cover financing and business models for NBS, addressing questions such as: how much do NBS cost and who pays for them? Why is a business model for NBS important? How do you build a business model for NBS? It will also present case studies to illustrate innovative approaches to financing NBS through public-private-people partnerships (PPPP), and through small-scale financing mechanisms, such as crowd financing of community projects, as taken on in Scotland.

To register for the webinar, click here. If you have any questions, please contact: daniela.rizzi@iclei.org (ICLEI Europe).

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