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Webinar: Coping with heat stress in cities

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Temperatures hit exceptional levels last Summer, especially in Northern Europe, with severe consequences on health and well-being in cities. How to get your city prepared for such phenomenon? Follow our webinar on 18 December from 11 to 12 CET.


Heat waves are likely to be more frequent as global temperatures are rising. According to the latest IPCC SR1.5 report, at +1.5°C, twice as many megacities as present are likely to become heat stressed.

Many municipalities have already started to take measures. They range from urban infrastructure, such as reducing sealed surfaces and making space for green and blue infrastructure, or cooling by water sprays and wetting streets, to warning mechanisms for the population, and measures to ensure access to water and shading. Such actions require serious planning, as well as a serious monitoring of weather conditions and vulnerable populations.

This webinar organised in the framework of the Covenant of Mayors will give an insight of the solutions and strategies already in place in Paris and Barcelona. We will hear from the water-related solutions in place to cool down the city of Paris, and measures based on green infrastructure and building insulation developed in Barcelona.


Noémie Fompeyrine, Deputy Chief Resilience Officer, City of Paris

Irma Ventayol i Ceferino, Urban ecologist, Office of Sustainability, City of Barcelona

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