Dublin becoming a climate smart city
Oct26

Dublin becoming a climate smart city

The definition of a ‘smart city’ varies across people and sectors. One definition from the UK’s Department of Business, Innovation and Skills is that a smart city is a process rather than a static outcome Click & Tweet! through which citizen engagement, hard infrastructure, social capital and digital technologies are combined to make a city more livable and resilient to new challenges. A Climate Smart City In the context of climate...

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I am Amsterdam Rainproof
Oct12

I am Amsterdam Rainproof

Amsterdam is a global leader in using Water Sensitive Urban Design Click & Tweet! (WSUD) principles to manage water sustainably and be resilient to climate change. What is WSUD? The International Water Association has officially launched The IWA Principles for Water Wise Cities that outlines a framework to assist urban leaders and professionals to develop and implement their vision for sustainable urban water and resilient planning...

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Urban Green Spaces as Adaptive Measures to Flooding
Jul01

Urban Green Spaces as Adaptive Measures to Flooding

Management of freshwater resources as well as coping with increasing natural disasters like flooding are issues currently plaguing cities across the globe. The higher frequency in extreme events like storms with a higher density of rainfall causing rapid flooding and violent landslides are just some of the many consequences associated with climate change (Momm-Schult et al., 2013). Cities have long changed the landscape and therefore...

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Europe’s transboundary flood risk management plans
Sep30

Europe’s transboundary flood risk management plans

In 2007, the European Union’s Flood Directive entered into force requiring Member States to assess if all water courses and coastlines are at risk from flooding, to map the flood extent and humans and assets at risk in these areas and to take adequate and coordinated measures to reduce this flood risk. The overall aim of the Flood Directive is to reduce the adverse consequences to human health, economic activity, the environment and...

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Copenhagen becoming a resilient and sustainable city
Aug12

Copenhagen becoming a resilient and sustainable city

On August 2nd 2015, 193 countries agreed to the next set of development goals, which will seek to end poverty, achieve gender equality and ensure resource security in every corner of the globe by 2030. The 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs), which contain 169 targets, will replace the millennium development goals (MDGs) that expire at the end of the year. Implementation of the sustainable development agenda will begin on January...

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