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25 - 26 October 2017

Using strategic narratives to help integrate CCA & DRR
JPI Climate / Belspo
Brussels, Belgium
Join PLACARD for a two-day workshop to explore the development and use of strategic narratives to integrate climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) communities. Integration will help to enhance resilience to weather-related extreme events, decrease intervention costs and promote effective actions.

The workshop is aimed at practitioners, policymakers and scientists working in:

- community preparedness for flooding
- landscape management for wildfire protection

Participants will benefit from:

- learning about the characteristics and context for using strategic narratives in CCA and DRR
- an insight into terminology and framings that can influence narratives
- experience with tools to support the use of narratives for collaboration.

Why this workshop?

The work of the CCA and DRR communities overlap, often framing risks and solutions differently which results in divergences in policy and planning processes. For example, CCA professionals deal with wildfires through adapting nature-based management, while DRR professionals use early warning communication tools and fire suppression actions to limit the impacts. Better collaboration between CCA and DRR can be complementary and mutually beneficial, decreasing the costs of intervention, improving decision-making and increasing the effectiveness of action.

At PLACARD, we believe that strategic narratives can play an important role in fostering this collaboration. Narratives, or learning through stories, have the potential to encourage specific actions and bring together different communities. Strategic narratives aim for a change to specific desired and sustained behaviour as shown in a number of scientific studies. However, the understanding is fragmented and not yet demonstrated in the fields of CCA and DRR.

Our workshop is part of an ongoing process to explore the potential of strategic narratives.
Objectives

We will explore the use, characteristics and conditions of ‘strategic narratives’ to encourage the collaboration between policymakers, practitioners and experts:

- Community preparedness to foods & heavy rainfall: How can we overcome the current focus on technological and economic responses to extreme events like floods and heavy rainfall that obscure more people-focused solutions? How can we use narratives to encourage urban citizens to take climate-proof disaster protection measures?
- Landscape management for wildfire prevention: How can we use narratives to bring expertise and experience from different CCA and DRR actors together to optimise nature-based management?

We will reflect, learn and build up a common understanding.

Outputs

Discussions from the workshop will be translated into building blocks that can contribute to guidelines on the use and development of strategic narratives. These can then be used to foster collaboration in CCA and DRR.

The gathered understanding will result in policy briefs or scientific journal articles to promote the use of strategic narratives. PLACARD will disseminate the workshop findings widely to research organisations and policymakers.
Mixed workshop format:

Break-out sessions, group work and discussion.

Inspiring talks and coaching by international experts:

Karen O’Brien – University of Oslo, Norway
Art Dewulf – Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands
Sukaina Bharwani and Julia Barrott – Stockholm Environment Institute, UK
Ingrid Coninx – Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands
Julia Bentz – Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisboa, Portugal
Reimund Schwarze – Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung (UFZ), Germany

7 November 2017

SMR Stakeholder Dialogue
Thessaloniki City Hall, Leof. Vasileos Georgiou 1
Thessaloniki 546 40, Greece
The Stakeholder Dialogue will bring together the SMR project Tier 1 and 2 cities and their stakeholders to exchange knowledge and experience with the latest group of cities to join the project: Tier 3. The event will be held in the City Hall of Tier 3 city of Thessaloniki and will be opened by Thessoniki's Mayor Yiannis Boutaris. The Stakeholder Dialogue will introduce the project's five tools in the context of an intensive exchange of best practices and good examples from the participating cities. Each session will see voices from the SMR Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities explaining how they implemented successful measures to boost resilience in their cities.

The Stakeholder Dialogue will be the official launch of the SMR Tier 3 programme, where the project is welcoming a new group of cities into the project to validate the project tools and the overall management resilience management process proposed by SMR as a 'European Resilience Management Guideline'. Four tools are already available to cities: the Resilience Maturity Model, Risk Systemicity Questionnaire, Resilience Engagement and Communication Tool and Resilience Policies Tool. The final tool, the City Dynamics Model, will be made public before the event.

[b]Practical information[/b]

A social programme will be provided for project partners and Tier 3 cities following the event, free of charge. Participation is free for representatives of local governments, citizens and representatives of non-profit organisations. Registration is open at http://smr-project.eu/news/events/stakeholder-dialogue/.

For more information, please contact Clara Grimes (clara.grimes@iclei.org) or Vasileios Latinos (vasileios.latinos@iclei.org).

8 November 2017

Kick-off meeting for CEN Workshop on 'City Resilience Development - Maturity Model'
Thessaloniki City Hall, Leof. Vasileos Georgiou 1
Thessaloniki, Greece
This CEN Workshop has been initiated by the Smart Mature Resilience (SMR) consortium members, project funded by the EU Horizon 2020 program. The workshop will aim at developing a framework to show the ideal path in the resilience building process of a city.

The CEN Workshop agreement targeted audience is policy and decision makers at city level and councilors working for resilience in their city, as well as to any other city stakeholders working on resilience (e.g. critical infrastructure providers, emergency services, citizens, media, non-governmental organizations, academic and research institutions).

The kick-off meeting will be held on 08 November 2017 in Thessaloniki. All interested parties are welcome to register for participation and submit comments on the draft Project Plan to Workshop Secretary, René Lindner no later than 31 October 2017.

Agenda

9:00 to 10:30 - Joint introduction to both CWAs (i.e. info about procedures)

10:30 to 12:00 Formal establishment of each CEN Workshop (incl. revision of project plan) in two different groups

o Group 1: ‘City Resilience Development – Maturity Model’

o Group 2: ‘City Resilience Development – Operational Guidance’

12:00 to 12:30 – Coffee Break

12:30 to approx. 14:30 working on the content individually in each of the two CWA groups

The final deliverable of this Workshop (CEN/CWA) is expected to be finalized in May 2018.

8 November 2017

Kick-off meeting for CEN Workshop on 'City Resilience Development – Operational Guidance'
Thessaloniki City Hall, Leof. Vasileos Georgiou 1
Thessaloniki 546 40, Greece
This CEN Workshop has been initiated by the Smart Mature Resilience (SMR) consortium members, project funded by the EU Horizon 2020 program. The workshop will propose a definition of ‘city resilience’ and it will set out steps to follow for the practical implementation and operationalization of city resilience at local level. Furthermore the workshop will describe tools and it will give guidance for the resilience building process.

The CEN Workshop agreement might be helpful for local administration staff members engaged in sustainability, climate adaptation, resilience, environmental planning as well as strategic planning by providing guidance and training on resilience. The workshop might also be helpful for any other city stakeholders working on resilience.

The kick-off meeting will be held on 08 November 2017 in Thessaloniki. All interested parties are welcome to register for participation and submit comments on the draft Project Plan to Workshop Secretary, René Lindner no later than 31 October 2017.

Agenda

9:00 to 10:30 - Joint introduction to both CWAs (i.e. info about procedures)

10:30 to 12:00 Formal establishment of each CEN Workshop (incl. revision of project plan) in two different groups

o Group 1: ‘City Resilience Development – Maturity Model’

o Group 2: ‘City Resilience Development – Operational Guidance’

12:00 to 12:30 – Coffee Break

12:30 to approx. 14:30 working on the content individually in each of the two CWA groups

The final deliverable of this Workshop (CEN/CWA) is expected to be finalized in May 2018.

7 March 2018

SMR Stakeholder Workshop
Brussels, Belgium
The SMR Stakeholder Workshop will take place as part of ICLEI's Breakfast at Sustainability's series, Europe’s leading, ongoing sustainability discussions. The small, informal meetings are moderated by representatives of regional and local governments. The SMR Stakeholder Dialogue will be the 26th edition of Breakfast at Sustainability's and will bring together the SMR project cities from the three tiers. The event will demonstrate and train stakeholders in the final outcome of the project, the European Resilience Management Guideline.

25 April 2018

Open European Day at Bonn Resilient Cities
Gustav-Stresemann-Institut
Bonn, Germany
The fifth Open European Day at Bonn Resilient Cities will bring together key adaptation actors from different organisations: cities and city networks, regional and national governments, researchers, adaptation experts and European representatives.

This year’s Open European Day will build on last year's addition of interactive workshops around key themes. These will be organised by cities, where they will share their local governments’ experience in depth or by relevant institutions that support cities through programmes and initiatives.

Themes will include adaptation, resilience and cultural heritage, looking for the first time into the intersection of adaptation and culture. The OED Marketplace will return following the success of the format at the third Open European Day, providing a space for participants to network and brainstorm.

Registration for the event can be completed online.

For further information, visit the Open European Day website.

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