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.

  •  environment

Open letter to global financial leaders

An alliance of global city voices, of which EUROCITIES is a part, has shared an open letter claiming that the post-COVID 19 recovery cannot lead to a return to ‘normal’.

news

publication date: 20-05-2020

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

The path to paradise begins in hell

This famous line of Dante Alighieri made me think of the current crisis and how we are all moving from a hell-like emergency phase to the recovery of our economies and societies.

news

publication date: 19-05-2020

  •  environment

A European Climate Pact to bring together local and national actors

The European Climate Pact, part of the European Commission’s flagship Green Deal, should build upon existing EU and local initiatives, contends a new paper by the cities’ network, EUROCITIES.

news

publication date: 14-05-2020

  •  culture
  •  environment

A new guide addressing environmental impacts of cultural events in cities

A new guide developed by EUROCITIES and Julie’s Bicycle as part of the ROCK EU-funded project.

publication

publication date: 14-05-2020

  •  environment

EUROCITIES reaction to the European Climate Pact

EUROCITIES policy statement on the European Climate Pact is out.

publication

publication date: 14-05-2020

  •  culture
  •  environment

Leave a trace, not a footprint! Addressing environmental impacts of cultural events in cities

A new guide developed by EUROCITIES and Julie’s Bicycle as part of the ROCK EU-funded project.

news

publication date: 14-05-2020

  •  environment

event

start date: 28-05-2020
end date: 28-05-2020

  •  cooperation

Linking food and climate policies, what can cities do to change our food systems?

Takeaways from the Covenant of Mayors' webinar organised on April 27th on how to link food and climate policies in cities.

news

publication date: 12-05-2020

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

Cities Today: Cities need more support from the EU in light of the coronavirus

Anna Lisa Boni, secretary general, EUROCITIES, shares some thoughts on much needed solidarity at this time, and what cities are already doing to respond both now and for the longer term.

publication

publication date: 11-05-2020