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24 March 2016

RESIN cities talk progress and next steps at Second Process Management Workshop

Project research partners and city partners met in Freiburg in March 2016 for the second RESIN Process Management Workshop.

City progress

Representatives of the four core cities presented their recently-completed City Assessement Reports, providing a comprehensive assessment of each project city relevant to the city's adaptation strategy development. Each city then worked intensively with research partners to explore challenges, objectives and pathways towards the RESIN City Strategies.

Bilbao currently faces challenges related to land use, housing and mobility, and there is an urgent need for a common vision of the city with regards to adaptation and commitment to actions to address climate change and resilience building at the local and regional levels of governance. The valley city has undergone exceptionally rapid transformation in recent decades and is proud to offer its citizens a good quality of life, social cohesion, urban regeneration and an attractive and sustainable city. Bilbao has already progressed from an industry-based economy to a service economy, and is determined in its ambitions to take the next step to transition to a knowledge economy.

Greater Manchester has defined pluvia land fluvial flooding as a principal area of focus for potential improvement on the path to enhanced resilience. The city is working intensively on the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, which will work in tandem with the city’s future adaptation strategy. Manchester has already taken significant steps towards adapting to the recent increased rainfall, and the city and research partners are working closely together to make the most of existing strategies in place to complement and boost the steps GM has already taken to ensure a more sustainable and resilient home for its citizens.

The City of Bratislava is working closely with local research partner Comenius University of Bratislava to work towards their goal of providing an improved quality of life, a healthy natural environment, healthy citizens and estate protection for Bratislava in the long run. The city is currently finalising an “Action plan of adaptation on adverse effects of climate change on the area of the capital city of Slovak republic in years 2016-2020,” and plans to offer tailored capacity-building events for local actors involved in this process to ensure optimal cooperation among the city actors.

The City of Paris is working intensively on collecting the necessary data and bringing it together with administrative and policy developments necessary within city administration in order to move beyond their recently developed Adaptation Strategy documentation.

Research progress

The latest major result of intensive cooperation between partners was shared and discussed in the form of the RESIN Conceptual Framework. This framework distinguishes between the two interconnected, systems and their processes; the urban system and the adaptation planning system. Experience or awareness of climate risks initiates an adaptation planning process. This process may lead to the development of adaptation actions, and then these actions can be implemented within the urban system to build climate resilience. It is also recognised that, in order to be accepted by a broad range of stakeholder groups and effectively implemented within urban systems, adaptation actions must do more than just build climate resilience. Given the cross cutting nature of climate risks, adaptation actions should also acknowledge and respond to the challenges and potential opportunities faced by urban areas in the twenty-first century.

Research partners then shared the latest updates on the development of the RESIN tools, which will be assigned to each city for pilot testing, evaluation and feedback. A framework and timeline was agreed between cities and research partners as to the tools that will be introduced for pilot testing in each city. The RESIN partners returned to their respective cities filled with clarity and motivation of the tasks to come, and how the next phase will shed new light on climate change adaptation theory and will boost the core cities along their path to enhanced resilience.

16 March 2016

GREEN SURGE to hold forum on public-private partnerships for greener cities

Urban green infrastructure decision-makers, researchers and private sector stakeholders will come together in Bilbao (Spain) to explore local government strategies of partnering with private sector actors to lead urban development down a greener path.

This topic follows on from recent research conducted by the Green Surge project into successful ways of making public and private interests work together. Amongst others, ICLEI has invited the City of Aarhus (Denmark) and the Greater London Authority (UK) to showcase how they cooperate with private actors to green their cities. Aarhus partnered with private stakeholders, particularly farmers and gardeners, as part of their strategy to protect groundwater from pesticides. One of the measures taken was to afforest the area, establishing new outdoor recreational areas, protecting the natural environment and boosting biodiversity. The Greater London Authority has been partnering with businesses regularly and strategically (e.g. Wild West End) to achieve its vision of a National Park City and to address London’s environmental and societal challenges.

The Stakeholder Dialogue Forum will be held in Bizkaia Aretoa, Bilbao (Spain) from 14.00 to 18.00 on 26 April 2016 and is free of charge. The Forum is a pre-event to the 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns for which Stakeholder Forum participants benefit from a reduced registration fee. Registration for the Stakeholder Dialogue Forum can be completed online.

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