Cities and rural areas around the world are dealing with two extremes: more frequent and intense floods and heat waves. To highlight water as an important theme within the Urban & Rural Development Week, the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP), together with the City of Rotterdam and the Government of the Netherlands, is organising a one-day event on 1 November called ‘Two Extremes: Flooding and Heatwaves. Resilience Challenges and Innovation in Cities and Coastal Areas’.
This event is part of the extensive programme in the Netherlands Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.
At the event cities from around the world will exchange ideas, stories of adaptation, and innovative solutions that are helping address these two extreme issues. This exchange will include strategies that help meet ecological (green infrastructure, nature-based solutions), social (participatory design and communities’ programs), and economical (entrepreneurial innovation, financing for sustainable projects) benefits, showing an exchange of best practices from around the world in a diverse set of contexts.
The day will include high level panels with city representatives from Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Christchurch, Mumbai, Rotterdam, Santiago, Singapore, Tirana, Vancouver, and the State of Maryland (to be confirmed) to showcase the different solutions that cities are employing to tackle these issues. Additionally, there will be several technical sessions also highlighting Dutch solutions focused on eat stress, flooding and coastal resilience.
Mayor Aboutaleb of Rotterdam will host the high level closing and meet and greet reception at the Netherlands Pavilion.
This event will also include features by Transparency House, Virtual Gateway NL, and involve young experts with a special ceremony by Dutch Wavemakers.