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1 November 2017

Paris hosts Knowledge Transfer Workshop

The city of Paris hosted the RESIN project’s second ‘knowledge transfer workshop’ from 18-19th October 2017. This was the first time the core cities of Paris and Bilbao met their Tier 2 city counterparts in person from: Alba (Italy), Almada (Portugal), Athens (Greece), London (United Kingdom), Padua (Italy), Strasbourg (France), Warsaw (Poland) and Zadar (Croatia). The idea behind the workshops was to spark peer-to-peer exchange between the cities and to introduce the RESIN tools to the tier-2 cities, particularly the IVAVIA tool, the Adaptation Options Library and the E-Guide.

Each tool was allocated its own session where it was presented followed by an active "hands-on" training. Each training session was followed by a “replicability and usability check” session, where the tier-2 cities gave their feedback on the tools, and offered suggestions for how to make the tools more compatible with cities’ needs.

IVAVIA stands for Impact and Vulnerability Analysis of Vital Infrastructures and built-up Areas. The overall aim of a risk-based vulnerability assessment using IVAVIA is to help cities understand the cause-effect relationships of climate change and to assess what impact on people, economy and built-up area under study can be expected now and for the future due to the changing climate. The RESIN cities have been closely involved in developing IVAVIA, and as part of this process, they have developed ‘impact chains’ for their cities. At the Paris workshop, the participating cities were shown how to conduct an impact chain and practically apply it in a "‘Train the trainers’ session: how to conduct an impact chain workshop". Each cities picked a hazard that they are dealing with in practice, which was primarily floods and heat waves, and then identified the exposed object, indicators, attributes stressors, and impacts. Then, as part of a "Replicability and Usability Check" feedback round, where the cities shared their experience on developing impact chains.

RESIN is developing a searchable archive, which will host the above tools as well as documentation on adaptation measures previously implemented in different cities: this is called the Adaptation Options Library. The library comprises a database hosting literature related to the performance of adaptation options with almost 300 papers and over 700 case studies. The cities tested a mock-up version of the tool by coming up with examples of threats from their cities and using the library to search for potential adaptation options that they could use to tackle those threats.

The RESIN e-Guide is designed to provide decision support for climate change adaptation planning by city administrators. It lays out the steps and activities involved in an urban adaptation process, provides user-oriented support to carry out this process, directs users towards relevant sources of information and hosts the RESIN decision support tools.

At the second Knowledge Transfer Workshop in Paris, the very first version of the E-Guide was made accessible to the participants. The cities were able to play around with and test the E-Guide. The participating tier-1 and tier-2 cities were also asked in parallel to fill out an evaluation form to inform further fine-tuning of the tool.

In two city sessions, tier-1 city interacted with its tier-2 peers to get to know each other and share challenges and solutions. Representatives of Paris and Athens found a common challenges they share: heat waves, and Paris was interested to learn about the digital application "CoolAthens", which is part of the "Treasure" project and identifies cool spots for vulnerable populations during heat waves.