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3rd Open European Day at Resilient Cities 2016

Bonn - Germany, 5th July 2016

The Open European Day 2016 gathered 125 participants

EEA and ICLEI joined forces again this year to organize the 3rd Open European Day (OED), took place on the 5th July, back-to-back with the Bonn Resilient Cities Conference. 

The successful interactive OED format ensured valuable experience and exchange between climate adaptation practitioners of both “forerunner” and “beginner” cities and with key adaptation players. Contributions by institutions supporting urban adaptation development and scientists were tailored around specific inputs to respond to key leading questions from city representatives. 

In addition, the OED Marketplace provided an adaptation information hotspot and offered further exchange opportunities.

The day concluded with the launch of the EEA report "Urban adaptation to climate change in Europe 2016" by Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director of EEA and Wolfgang Teubner, Regional Director of ICLEI Europe.

 

New EEA report ‘Urban adaptation to climate change in Europe – Transforming cities in a changing climate’

This new European Environment Agency (EEA) report focuses on the state of urban adaptation and progress achieved since the first EEA report in 2012. It explores: Do existing actions lead to attractive, climate-resilient cities and if not, what needs to be changed? The report stresses the benefits of investing in long-term preventive measures that cities and their supporters should take to improve their resilience and capitalise the opportunities to transform city into attractive places.

To download the full report, visit:
http://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/urban-adaptation-2016

To find out about the highlights to the report, visit:
http://www.eea.europa.eu/highlights/building-resilient-cities-key-to

Thematic Focus in 2016

The thematic focuses of 2016 reflected the needs flagged by participants in the past editions and revolved around cutting-edge adaptation solutions and trends.

These were: 

  • Climate services, involving the production, transfer and use of climate knowledge, but also tools, methods and instruments to enable climate-informed decision-making. Climate services are increasingly important to support cities in becoming climate-resilient. 
  • Nature-based solutions, providing numerous benefits to cities and their inhabitants.
  • Mainstreaming adaptation by integrating different local planning processes and exploiting co-benefits and opportunities for combining climate change mitigation and adaptation measures.
  • Financing adaptation as a means of making good adaptation solutions viable and of creating a window of opportunity for change in cities will be a cross-cutting theme during the event and be reflected upon in the sessions on topical themes. 

 

The Open European Day Conference Report is under development and will be published in early autumn 2016.