climate

Despite efforts to limit the impact of climate change, it is clear that global warming cannot be completely avoided. Rising sea levels, extreme weather phenomena with heavier rainfall and wind, more floods and more droughts will be a reality to which Europe will need to adapt.

Cities are a particular case for climate adaptation. They have a high population density, with 75% of Europe’s population living in cities. They will also have to deal with specific issues, such as urban ‘heat island’ effects and exacerbated risk of flooding due to less permeable surfaces.

While cities may have common issues, each needs to find its own strategy that takes into account many different factors: geographical situations and climatic conditions vary widely, as do the population and historical makeup of cities. The development of new neighbourhoods will also have to take into account climate adaptation.

We are well aware of the challenge. A number of our member cities already have climate adaptation strategies in place that involve relevant policies and issues, including water management, green infrastructure for climate adaptation, and many more.

We support the exchange of best practice between more advanced cities and cities that do not yet have a complete strategy. We also help coordinate adaptation strategies at different levels of government by giving cities a channel to the EU institutions.

Following input to the European Commission’s white paper on climate adaptation, we have participated in initiatives such as the European Commission’s adaptation steering group and the ClimSave FP7 stakeholder panel on climate adaptation.

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73 cities are ready to involve, inspire and impact!

It is time to change the way politics is done in Europe, and cities can play a key role in building a more citizens-focused society.

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publication date: 19-04-2018

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SUMPthing’s UP in Sofia – new CIVITAS video series launched

SUMP stories, a new video series launched in the framework of SUMPS UP, has hit Youtube with its first instalment this month.

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publication date: 19-04-2018

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Presentations Plenary Sessions EEF Amsterdam 4 - 6 April 2018

© Tom Feenstra Presentations Plenary Sessions EEF Amsterdam 3, 5 and 6 April 2018

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publication date: 10-04-2018

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Presentations WG AQCCEE EEF Amsterdam 4 - 6 April 2018

Presentations WG AQCCEE EEF Amsterdam 4 April 2018

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publication date: 10-04-2018

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Presentations WG GAB EEF Amsterdam 4 - 6 April 2018

Presentations WG GAB EEF Amsterdam 4 April 2018

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publication date: 10-04-2018

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Deadline extended for applications to join next SUMPs-Up learning programmes

Is your city elaborating a SUMP? Does your city want support in developing a package of measures for a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP)? Then apply to join the next round of the SUMP Learning Programme!

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publication date: 04-04-2018

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Get going! Tackling congestion in Europe and beyond - Registration open!

Cities are recognising that their success and their citizens’ well-being depend on reducing road traffic dominance and limiting the impacts of traffic congestion – CREATEing an inspiring, liveable and flourishing city, with easy access to the things that are important to people.

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publication date: 29-03-2018

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Interreg Europe announces increased activity of the online Policy Learning Platform in 2018!

The Policy Learning was established to boost EU-wide policy learning and capitalisation on practices from regional development policies. The platform is a space for continuous learning where the policymaking community in Europe can tap into the knowhow of experts and peers.

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publication date: 29-03-2018

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publication date: 21-03-2018