The new Open European Day (OED) programme has been released, providing details of how the event will facilitate discussion and exchange of experience on climate resilience between cities. Set to take place in Bonn (Germany) on 5 July, the event will precede the opening of the Resilient Cities conference. Cities contributing to the Open Day include London (United Kingdom), Paris (France), Madrid (Spain), Thessaloniki (Greece), Edinburgh and Newcastle upon Tyne (United Kingdom), Bologna (Italy) and many more.
The OED is supported by key EU projects on climate resilience such as RESIN and PLACARD and by European institutions including the European Investment Bank, DG CLIMA and DG Research. These institutions, together with other key adaptation players, will share information on climate support opportunities for cities and will be available for discussion during the Marketplace session.
Topics to be discussed during the event include climate services, nature-based solutions, mainstreaming adaptation and financing adaptation. The European Environment Agency Report "Urban adaptation to climate change in Europe 2016” will be launched at the evening reception. The event is free of charge and online registration is now available. Places are limited, so early registration is recommended
For more information and to register, click here.
RESIN partners played a number of active roles this week in the 4th International Climate Change Adaptation Conference (Adaptation Futures) in Rotterdam. ICLEI co-organised the high-level round table session "Nature-based solutions in cities" on Tuesday 10 May 2016, focussing on the benefits motivating cities to promote and implement nature based solutions, concrete examples of how to quantify the costs and benefits of green solutions and infrastructure over standard solutions and how research and innovation can stimulate decision-making in cooperation with cities to foster transformation toward sustainability. The presentation is available now on the Adaptation Futures website.
TNO discussed the RESIN project as part of science practice session "Resilient risk management strategies for critical infrastructure within cities" on Wednesday 11 May 2016 in the context of experiences from the INTACT project (network interdependencies) and with reactions from the city of Rotterdam. The presentation is available on the Adaptation Futures website. Additionally, ICLEI introduced RESIN as part of a presentation during Adaptation Futures on "Co-creating climate change adaptation and resilience decision-making support tools with cities" as part of the session "Decision support" on Wednesday 11 May. The presentation is available here.
ICLEI also presented the RESIN project at the 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns, held in the RESIN project city of Bilbao and also attended by RESIN partners from the City of Bilbao, project partners Tecnalia and the Basque Centre for Climate Change. The conference was attended by 880 representatives of local and regional governments, European and international institutions, multilateral organisations, members of the research community, business leaders, and civil society. The conference demonstrated the urgent need for actions by local governments in shaping Europe’s future.