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No. 13, April 2014

1.  City of Unna applies the Future Cities Adaptation Compass

2.  Neighbourhood projects support adaptation in Arnhem

3.  Exhibition RIVER ARCHIVE opened in Dortmund

4.  Future Cities consulted about the new EU initiative on climate adaptation

5.  Rouen welcomes the first inhabitants to Luciline

6.  Successful evening in Ieper about De Vloei

7.  Nijmegen is the Dutch leader 2014 in sustainability

8.  Future Cities supports the work of FP7-EUPORIAS network

9.  Coming soon: Events with the Future Cities-project


1. City of Unna applies the Future Cities Adaptation Compass

On 11 March 2014, Mister Kolter, Mayor of the municipality of Unna (North-Rhine Westphalia) welcomed the stakeholders from the municipality and the technical staff of the waterboard Lippeverband for starting with the process of applying the “Future Cities-Adaptation Compass”. The aim of this intense cooperation is to define adaptation measures for Unna. The tool Adaptation Compass was developed by the Future Cities partnership in an English and a German version.


2. Neighbourhood projects support adaptation in Arnhem

5.000 people living and working in the densely built quarter of Arnhem-Coehoorn are offered to take the active role to develop their neighbourhood. A group of ‘established organisations’ like the municipality or the grid company Alliander joined forces to facilitate this process. The first visible activities were done in November 2013 when citizens with the help from green sme’s changed a stony parking lot into a public green park (Coehoorn parc). This is the first of the planned investments to demonstrate to the stakeholders how adaptation is a great opportunity to improve the urban environment. The Future Cities partnership visited the park during the joint development session in Arnhem.


3. Exhibition RIVER ARCHIVE opened in Dortmund

The water boards Emschergenossenschaft and Lippeverband own a broad archive of photographs from 1899-2014 that shows the river catchments of Emscher and Lippe: 200.000 pictures, of which 40.000 are historic photographs on glass plates. A selection of these pictures is shown for the first time: The exhibition “RIVER ARCHIVE – revision and perspective” in the museum for art and cultural history in Dortmund (MKK) is open to the public from 22 March until 1 June 2014.

The archive shows pictures from floodings, heat and drought that happened in the past. And damages they caused.

Find more information here:

http://www.eglv.de/wasserportal/freizeit-und-kultur/kulturelles/bilder-des-wandels/flussarchiv.html

Download the exhibition flyer:

BS_FutureCities_Flussarchiv_3 englisch.pdf


4. Future Cities consulted about the new EU initiative on climate adaptation

EU DG Climate Action is launching a new network initiative for climate change adaptation of European cities. Future Cities partners helped to shape the initiative in two consultation workshops in December 2013 and January 2014. The initiative invites cities, regions and local governments to show leadership in climate change adaptation, and will support them in developing strategies for concrete action.

In the consultation face the cities and city network discussed the commitment statement and the concept for a technical guidance on adaptation. The Future Cities Adaptation Compass could serve as a good guiding example. Participants agreed that the aim should be a meta guidance leading through the jungle of already existing information.

Find more information here:

http://www.mayors-adapt.eu/


5. Rouen welcomes the first inhabitants to Luciline

Welcome to Luciline! Such is the message delivered to the first inhabitants of “Luciline – Rives de Seine”, about 100 people, who will arrive during the summer 2014. This arrival comes with the delivery of the first buildings, covered with green roofs and blue-green public spaces. The discovery of the Luciline river and completion of the first phase of urban works is expected during the first half of 2015. The geothermal heating network adds to climate friendly quarter. The device will be put in functioning at the beginning of 2016 by the delivery of a boiler room. An initial assessment of the system could be envisaged in 2016.

Find more information here:
http://www.rouen-seine.fr/luciline


6. Successful evening in Ieper about De Vloei

The interest for the sustainable housing quarter ‘De Vloei’ in Ieper is big. 250 people showed up for an information evening on 18 February 2014, being interested in living in the new quarter. The alderman of Ieper started the evening with an enthusiastic introduction about the project. Experts from West -Vlaamse Intercommunale explained the sustainability ambitions that will be realized in the project.

Find more information here:
http://www.devloei.be


7. Nijmegen is the Dutch leader 2014 in sustainability

The city of Nijmegen is the national leader in the newest edition of the Dutch Local Sustainability Standard. Almost 100 municipalities took part in the Local Sustainability Standard 2013. This standard shows the ambitions and initiatives of a municipality based on the three dimensions of sustainable development: People, Planet and Profit. Nijmegen scored especially with the new warmth infrastructure, the busses on green gas and the use of sustainable energy. Together with the local partners the city of Nijmegen has saved a lot of energy by using more and more solar panels and by taking insulation measures. Since 2008 the city’s energy use decreased seven per cent, while the population number has increased.

Find more information here:
http://www.duurzaamheidsmeter.nl


8. Future Cities supports the work of FP7-EUPORIAS network

The EUPORIAS network seeks to improve the understanding of users’ needs in Europe with regard to seasonal to decadal climate predictions (S2DCP). They are keen to involve organisations whose activities and operations are susceptible to weather and climate events (e.g. rainfall, high/low temperatures, and snowfall) and/or its impacts (e.g. flooding, drought). For this, Future Cities is happy to contribute to the dedicated online-survey and to invite further organisations to contribute as well!

Contribute to the survey by following this web-link:

http://survey.euporias.eu


9. Coming soon: Events with the Future Cities-project

•          17 September 2014                  Future Cities Partner meeting in Essen, DE

•          18 September 2014                  Evaluation of activities to finance and visualise adaptation

The Future Cities-project is funded by the INTERREG IVB programme North-West Europe.

From 2008 to 2014, eight partners from five European countries are cooperating to make city regions fit to cope with the projected climate change impacts.

Lead Partner: Lippeverband, Essen, Germany


No. 11, July 2013

1.  THE FUTURE of our CITIES –
Make them attractive and climate-proof! Conference proceedings available

2.  German Version of the Adaptation Compass “Anpassungskompass“ now available

3.  Housing quarter “De Vloei” in Ieper: How to convince the end users

4. Cool Nature Park in Tiel opened

5.  D-5-4-3 Adapt – German group of Adaptation clusters

6.  Coming soon: Events with the Future Cities-project and further topic related events


1. THE FUTURE of our CITIES – Make them attractive and climate-proof! – Conference proceedings available

Hastings on the South East England coast, has hosted over 120 delegates from across Europe to mark the completion of the Future Cities project funded by the European Union. Its theme was how our cities and towns can adapt to the climate change we know is occurring but also how we can all reduce its severity. Key speakers included Cllr Jeremy Birch, Leader of Hastings Borough Council; Tim Reeder, the Regional Climate Change Programme Manager in the South East region of the Environment Agency, Katharine Knox, Policy and Research Programme Manager – Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Raimund Echterhoff, Board Member of the German water board “Lippeverband”, Ruut Louwers from the European Union’s Interreg programme, and Johan Bogaert, Flemish government, department Environment, Nature and Energy and Alexander Ferstl from the EU Commission’s DG Climate Action as well as Birgit Georgi from the European Environment Agency.

For download of the proceedings, the presentations and photo impressions of the conference, please visit:

http://www.future-cities.eu/events-meetings/final-conference.html


2. German version of the Adaptation Compass “Anpassungskompass” now available

The German version of the transnational tool to assess the vulnerability of cities and to find suitable measures is now available for download.

Read more about the tool and download the German version:

http://www.future-cities.eu/project/adaptation-compass/


3. Housing quarter “De Vloei” in Ieper: How to convince the end users

On 6th May, a training session was organised for the people who will sell the lots once the infrastructure of De Vloei is realised. The training was about how to inform the potential buyers about the sustainability measures in De Vloei and about the relating building prescriptions. The aim is to raise awareness for sustainable construction and living because quite some sustainability measures cannot be imposed and thus depend on the good will of the people. During the month of May an exhibition about De Vloei was installed in the library of Ieper. The library is accessible every day from 10h00 until 18h00 and on Saturday morning until 12h00 and allowed the inhabitants of Ieper to get more insight in the “De Vloei”-activities. The city of Ieper, the social housing company Ons Onderdak and the province of West Flanders signed a cooperation agreement about the further cooperation on sustainability and communication for the project.

Find more about De Vloei in the tv report (in Dutch):

http://www.focus-wtv.tv/video/nieuws-wtv-1-juli-2013


4. Cool Nature Park in Tiel opened

The Cool Nature park in the Dutch city of Tiel opened on 16 June 2013.This former land fill has been transformed into a park where children can play and learn about the effects of climate change. The location, hidden in the corner of the river Waal and the Amsterdam-Rhine channel, has been a forgotten area for a long time. After decontamination of the landfill and based on a new participatory design, the park now forms a green prolongation of the housing area. Due to its height, the park offers spectacular views on the river Waal and, on warm days, people can benefit from the cool breeze.

The hospital in Tiel is now greener and cooler, too. A beautiful green roof was realised as part of the Future Cities project. Apart from its cooling effects this roof offers other particular benefits: several departments overlook the green roof and patients, for instance from the dialysis department, highly appreciate their improved view. One of the staff members had a great addition: Three beehives were placed on the roof, improving the biodiversity and liveliness of the roof.

You can find some impressions here:

http://www.future-cities.eu/news/


5. D-5-4-3 Adapt – German group of Adaptation clusters

“D-5-4-3 Adapt” is a national cluster group of German partners in INTERREG-projects tackling adaptation to climate change. Based on their concrete experiences, the partners focused their exchanges and expanded their cooperation on following topics: governance of climate change adaptation, innovative solutions for living with water, web-based platform for communication and knowledge management in INTERREG-projects. The German partners of Future Cities actively contributed to the results lead by the Lippeverband as Lead Partner of SIC adapt!. On 25 June, at the final event in Berlin, the results were presented and conclusions for the next INTERREG-period were drawn.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.sic-adapt.eu/download/d-5-4-3-adapt.html


6. Coming soon: Events with the Future Cities-project

•          23-24 October 2013                  Future Cities Partner meeting in Essen, Germany


The Future Cities-project is funded by the INTERREG IVB programme North-West Europe.

From 2008 to 2013, eight partners from five European countries are cooperating to make city regions fit to cope with the projected climate change impacts.

Lead Partner: Lippeverband, Essen, Germany


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27th March 2013 – 14th February 2016

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