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8 December 2015

RESIN cities map out their stakeholder environment in Bratislava

All 17 project partners and the RESIN advisory board met in Bratislava on 10-11 November for RESIN’s first Process Management Workshop and for partners to share each work package’s progress to date.

The workshop introduced the project’s four core cities (Bilbao, Bratislava, Manchester and Paris) to the overall structure and essential elements of an adaptation development process and began laying the foundation for involving stakeholders in the process the cities are now beginning to develop. Cities mapped out their local stakeholder landscape, reflecting on the institutions and systems most crucial to their adaptation development decisions.

Each of the four core cities has a unique stakeholder constellation, and it was found that regional and national institutions also play a part in these complex stakeholder networks. RESIN was able to support the city partners in identifying their key stakeholders and how they relate to one another through a collaborative exercise, as well as preparing them for the exercise with materials and a questionnaire before the meeting.

The meeting also served as a launch of the project’s first completed State of the Art reports which are available for download here.

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9 November 2015

Resilient Cities 2016 - Call for Contributions open!

Submissions are now being accepted for the Resilient Cities 2016, the 7th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation taking place in July 6-8, 2016. The call for contributions will remain open until January 8, 2016.

The themes for Resilient Cities 2016 will feature a new focus on urban resilience and informality (informal settlements and economy) and on tracking progress on the local implementation of global frameworks (i.e. Sendai Framework, SDGs, Paris Agreement, Habitat III).

It will also continue its strong focus on financing resilience and zoom in on risk transfer and climate insurance solutions. Resilient Cities 2016 calls for examples of integrated, holistic approaches to climate actions and looks into how cities measure and evaluate their resilience (implementation phase). Key developments and innovations in areas such as standardizing city data, disaster recovery and reconstruction, creating climate-resilient public health systems, and communicating resilience will be explored.

Proposals will be accepted for presentations, panels, workshops, posters, Reality Check Workshops, co-events, and alternative formats, including training, “talk shows” and “fishbowl” presentations.

Visit the call for contributions page on the new Resilient Cities 2016 website for more information on new themes, formats and to submit your contribution!

27 October 2015

Smart cities a hot topic at Berlin conference

How can we make the vision of a sustainable, adaptable and liveable city a reality? This is the key question to be answered at the Urban Futures Conference, which will be taking place in Berlin (Germany) from 24-26 November 2015. ‘Lighthouse’ and ‘Follower’ cities within the GrowSmarter project will share their experiences of implementing integrated smart solutions to tackle social and environmental challenges in a number of sessions over the three days.

Project coordinator Gustaf Landahl will be joined by colleagues from the other major European Smart City projects at a high-level session to discuss the smart city agenda. GrowSmarter ‘Lighthouse’ city Cologne (Germany) will present its experiences in planning for innovation, while the five ‘Follower’ cities will discuss, together with ICLEI Europe, roadmaps for replicating smart solutions. ICLEI Europe Deputy Regional Director Holger Robrecht will moderate a session exploring the potential tensions between urban life and innovation.

This conference is geared towards community representatives, municipal companies, solution and service providers, academics and political representatives alike, and will showcase overarching perspectives and approaches for the future development of the 21st-century city.

For more information, visit the Urban Futures website.

2 October 2015

Resilient Cities 2015 report now available

The report reflects the outcomes of the Resilient Cities 2015 congress and captures broader developments in the field or urban resilience and climate change adaptation. It is based on the expertise of international experts and practitioners who participated at the congress, June 8-10 in Bonn, Germany.

The report features case studies from around the world, highlights newly available tools and solutions, and provides an overview of the state of urban resilience globally by exploring new directions and innovations.

Download the report here.

30 September 2015

Agenda launch aims to make national-level research available across Europe

The Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) Urban Europe, a member state-led initiative that reviews national research programmes and finds avenues for cooperation with European ones, yesterday presented its Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA), which will help cities to tackle complex challenges and become more sustainable. The launch took place during the conference “Transition towards sustainable and liveable urban futures” in Brussels (Belgium), which runs from 29 - 30 September 2015. ICLEI Europe Regional Director Wolfgang Teubner will speak at the event.

Cities throughout Europe are increasing their efforts to become more sustainable by developing smart cities strategies, aimed at enhancing inclusiveness and building economic growth and resilience. However, there is no consistent model that helps to merge conflicting priorities and tackle unforeseen consequences. The SRIA aims to meet this need and is the result of a two year process involving research communities, funding agencies, the business sector, cities and city stakeholders throughout Europe.

Through the SRIA, more than 15 European countries are committing to align national research funding and investments in urban development to support European cities in their transition processes. “We have the ambition to realise a strong cooperation between researchers from different scientific disciplines and actors from different sectors and to develop new concepts, tools, technologies and methods for urban decision making and urban development”, says Inger Gustafsson, Vice-chair of the Urban Europe Governing board and Head of department at VINNOVA the Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems.

For more information, visit jpi-urbaneurope.eu.