Best practices and solutions applied in Europe to ensure cities are more resilient to climate change

InnovationsSMEurban resilienceUtilities

Client: Isle Utilities
EJWP1: December – March 2020

Participants: Rosa Esposito, Mathilde de Jongh, Marthe Bjarnar Gjermo

Project description

Cities and urban areas face a growing range of challenges from the effects of climate change to growing populations and from decreased biodiversity to inadequate infrastructure; Climate change in particular is adding pressure to the management and control of water in cities. Resilience is what helps to adapt and transform in the face of these challenges. It is now time for action: on policymaking, planning and implementation. What are the best practices and the relevant case studies for cities in the countries? What are the needs for the future?


The team conducted interviews and desktop research on best practices and relevant case studies for 3 selected countries: Italy, Norway and The Netherlands.


In all 3 countries there was a strong interest in the topic and in sharing knowledge and experiences with the result of a great insight and overview on what is being done already. In some cases the results identified many pilot tests and tests of new solutions while in other cases it is not often the missing innovation but the question on who wants to take the risks to try and implement the new solutions.


This insight and the overview of the projects will be taken up within broader initiatives of Isle Utilities on Urban Resilience.

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