Since 2013, the European Urban Resilience Forum – driven by ICLEI Europe and the European Environment Agency – has offered a unique platform where city representatives and stakeholders from various local and regional institutions come together to exchange and discuss strategies and actions to adapt to climate change and build urban resilience. Due to the current health crisis in Europe and worldwide, the 2020 edition of the European Urban Resilience Forum will take place as an online event on 27 May from 9.00 to 15.15 (CEST).
City Resilience Development CWA 17300 standards series
The collaboration between CEN and the SMR project has resulted in the publication of three CEN Workshop Agreements (CWAs), supporting capacity building via information systems. This framework seeks to allocate available resources towards defined goals, while at the same time ensuring transparency and democratic principles for city resilience development and planning. The three documents might be useful for public authorities, security professionals, the private sector and international organizations that are responsible for emergency or crisis management within public or private organizations.
The Oasis Innovation Hub for Catastrophe and Climate Extremes Risk Assessment (H2020_Insurance) project operationalises a system, called the Oasis Loss Modelling Framework (Oasis LMF), that combines climate services with damage and loss information and provides a standardised risk assessment process that can: 1) assess potential losses, 2) areas at most risk 3) and quantify financial losses of modelled scenarios. The project is proving the Oasis LMF system through undertaking a range of demonstrators linked and co-designed to ‘real’ situations and end-user communities in the insurance, municipalities and business sectors.
SaferPlaces is a Climate-KIC project that employs innovative climate, hydrological and hydraulic, topographic and economic modelling techniques to assess pluvial, fluvial and coastal flood hazard and risk in urban environments under current and future climates.
The service is designed to advice identification and assessment of flood risk mitigation measures and plans, inform climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction strategies, and help to foster multi-stakeholder agreements and partnership for resilience building.
EU Adaptation Strategy Public Consultation
The Commission invites all stakeholders and citizens to submit views on the EU’s new adaptation strategy in view of increasingly frequent and intense climate change impacts.
As part of the European Green Deal, the Commission aims to put forward a new Adaptation Strategy in early 2021, building on the current one, which was adopted in 2013 and positively evaluated in 2018.
Climate change impacts are here and now. Global and European temperatures have repeatedly broken long-term records in recent years. The last five years were the hottest on record, with heat waves, droughts and wildfires across Europe.
European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns
The only constant in life is change: Mannheim2020 is going online! Local transformation needs to be brought to the next level in all aspects of society. Europe needs solutions for major environmental, economic and social challenges now more than ever.
Join us for the 9th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns to take transformation forward.
30 September - 2 October
Intelligent Cities Challenge: Shaping cities of tomorrow
The Intelligent Cities Challenge (ICC) seeks to help 100 small and medium-sized EU cities attain green, climate-neutral, sustainable, growth while tackling the biggest urban challenges and improving quality of life. Over the next two and a half years the ICC will focus on the concrete implementation of strategies, creating a common platform for open data, a marketplace for intelligent city solutions, joint investments and new support mechanisms.
BEL (Built Environment and Labour) Formulating Projects and Studies Concerning Labour Issues in Greening the Sectors of the Built Environment
This publication combines the greening of the built environment with labour issues. Cities and towns will not be resilient if the livelihoods of the residents are not addressed. Urban systems have environmental impacts that, where well-managed, can be reduced and minimised to move closer to a situation of resiliency. However, a frequently forgotten element is the agency of the workers. The publication was initially aimed to provide orientation to ILO units and field offices. However, it can also be of value to a broader range of organizations advancing the agenda to resilience in the built environment.
The current Coronavirus crisis challenges the way we live and move around the city. ECCENTRIC Madrid advocates a model of urban planning that rescues the value of proximity. Within the framework of the WP 4 “Enabling safe walking and cycling”, many actions were carried out to re-shape car-designed areas into safe, attractive and walkable areas:
- Punctual works in the public space, including accessibility improvements in pedestrian crossings, public squares and access to schools;
- Implementation of the first pilot smart signage system, specifically addressed to pedestrians and cyclists;
- Organisation of the communication campaign Camina Madrid, focused on pedestrian priority in the use of sidewalks.
NATURE BASED SOLUTIONS FOR WATER
Nature-based solutions for water security can help protect freshwater resources and safeguard nature’s integrity. They can make a significant contribution to reversing the rapid decline in freshwater biodiversity in Europe, adapt to climate change and mitigate its impacts. These solutions are increasingly seen as cost-efficient strategies that need to be mainstreamed in water resource management strategies.