Polish and Dutch organisations took the initiative to collaborate on the development of holistic change and concrete actions for ‘climate adaptive cities’ as a first step towards a European Urban Water Partnership.
Climate adaptive measures
The city leaders of Wroclaw, Breda and Zwolle expressed this in the Letter of Intent. The main objectives are to develop and implement a process that strengthens the real climate implementation projects in these cities. In addition, the organisations will exchange knowledge and share expertise on a green-blue infrastructure internationally under the motto: cities for climate changing together now! Focus of the cooperation is on the integration of climate adaptive measures in urban development to speed up climate adaptation of European cities.
City Leaders Forum
A key element of the cooperation is ‘learning by doing’ by working together on each other’s urban climate adaptation projects. A show case project(s) in each city will be selected in which rain water management and green-blue infrastructure are developed towards a resilient urban environment.
The initiative is a follow up of the outcomes of the City Leaders Forum of the Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW) 2017, where several international partnerships on climate adaptation have been established.
Besides Breda, Wroclaw and Zwolle, urban planning and design offices KuiperCompagnons and KCAP, knowledge institute DELTARES, engineering consultancy ARCADIS and Polish water utility MPWiK and NGO Sendzimir are involved in the cooperation. The cooperation is facilitated and supported by the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) within the framework of the Partners for Water programme of the Dutch government.