URCC: You are climate change
We already live in a world of cities, and that trend is expected to continue. While cities are becoming smarter, they can still be very vulnerable and fragile, with basic services failing when different kinds of impacts occur.
Climate change is adding pressures and uncertainties for the economy, the environment and the society in general. In urban areas, climate change may affect urban services, such as water or energy supply. Urban resilience refers to reducing risks and damages from disasters and to the ability to quickly bounce back to a stable state.
In this context, the Urban Resilience in a context of Climate Change (URCC) conference will be held online in October 2020. Organised in the framework of RESCCUE, Europe’s first large-scale innovation and urban resilience project, this event aims to bring together different actors from academia, administrations, businesses and local communities to discuss multiple aspects of urban resilience and climate change.
Hazard and risk assessment of key and critical urban services
Climate risk management and resilience in urban areas
From climate data to climate services
Forecasting, monitoring, real-time control and decision support
Adaptation strategies and nature-based solutions to improve resilience
Institutions, governance, regulations and planning
Financing for resilience and climate change adaptation
Citizens engagement and social justice
Innovation, capacity building, communication and data-sharing
Co-production of knowledge, solutions and services
Risk and challenges to public health
Central and regional administration bodies
Public service operators
With a programme full of sessions and discussions, the URCC conference will be a space to exchange knowledge, to present excellence on Research & Innovation for urban resilience and climate change and to discuss key challenges and solutions in cities, with special focus on European urban areas.
Room: Plenary • Manuel Valdés (Barcelona City Council) • Marc Velasco (Co-chair, Aquatec-SUEZ Advanced Solutions) • Esteban León (Co-chair, UN-Habitat)
Room: Plenary Speakers: • Rafaela Saldanha Matos (LNEC - Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil) • Philippe Quevauviller (European Commission) • Juan Francisco Arrazola (MITECO - Spanish Ministry for the Ecological Transition) • Maria Salamero (Aigües de Barcelona)
Assessing urban resilience: Innovative approaches and success stories Room 1 In a framework of close collaboration among city departments, urban service managers and other important local stakeholders, the analysis of cascade effects and connections between critical sectors and infrastructures are key elements to achieve a realistic and of holistic resilience assessment. This session presents some innovative approaches to assess and improve urban resilience and interesting implementation in several European cities. Climate impacts assessment Room 2 In order to have a complete and accurate assessment of climate impacts, a risk assessment should consider both tangible and intangible impacts related to extreme events, as well as direct and also indirect damages that are induced by the direct impacts and may occur – in space or time – outside the event. This session presents cutting edge methodologies to perform comprehensive climate-related risk assessment and implementations in real cases with a different scale. Challenges to public health due to climate change impacts in urban areas Room 3 One of the major challenges that climate change is posing to urban areas, is related to public health. The concentration of population in small areas is increasing the vulnerability of citizens, and especially to those that are already more vulnerable. Urban areas have to include climate change impacts to public health as part of their future planning, so cities can also shelter the most vulnerable when extreme events occur. This session deals with some of the major challenges related to public health while presenting how to be more resilient to them. Innovative ways to undertake climate change Room 4 This session will expose, with concrete examples, different ways of planning and addressing sustainability issues. How can we take advantage of co-creation to build resilience in water infrastructure? The session will explore also the participatory processes to involve citizens as key actors co-responsible for the implementation of innovative urban resilience solutions.
How can cities be harmonized in order to cope with climate challenges while ensuring that no one is left behind? Room 1 Different examples will be exposed to showcase the importance of the collaboration within departments, networks, cities and citizens to better deal with the adversities of climate change. The experience of different cities such as Barcelona or Paris, which set an example for other cities to be inspired and replicates will be shown. Climate resilience and community engagement Room 2 Different examples of citizen engagement will be exposed during this session to demonstrate the key role that society plays in the planning and the governance of the city. Cases such as the Teresina city will demonstrate that new ideas need to be incorporated into urban policies and future projects to shape a more resilient, sustainable and inclusive city. Climate change resilience in urban and peri-urban transport systems Room 3 Urban areas require, due to the concentration of population and economic activities, robust multi-functional transport systems that are able to function no matter what happens. Climate change may pose important challenges to the mobility systems existent in cities and their surroundings, and thus, adaptation strategies have to be included in future planning in order to be more resilient. This session presents different approaches on that matter, considering different transport networks being affected by various kinds of climate hazards. Decision support system to manage climate risk in real-time Room 4 Hydro-meteorological information and early warning systems save several hundreds of lives per year, avoid disaster asset losses and produce additional benefits through the optimization of economic production in weather-sensitive sectors (agriculture, energy, etc.). This session presents several implementations and success stories of EWS and decision support systems to manage climate-related risks.
Flood resilience in urban areas Room 1 Flood risk in urban areas is one of the main threats of climate change. In this context, several solutions are being developed to increase the flood resilience of cities, such as surface drainage systems or intelligent real-time flood control and warning systems. This session will present some innovative approaches and solutions to make cities more resilient to floods. Co-production of knowledge for more equitable and effective adaptation Room 2 Climate change adaptation and urban resilience challenges require the co-production of knowledge between different scientific fields. Research, policy and funding institutions demand research collaboration across disciplines and connecting science with society. In this regard, this session explores innovative approaches to bridging knowledge gaps, as well as citizens’ engagement initiatives. Climate & energy Room 3 Energy plays an important role in many aspects of our lives. Changes in temperature, precipitation, sea level, and the frequency and severity of extreme events will affect how much energy is produced, delivered, and consumed. This session presents some works about the analysis of climate impacts on the energy sector as well as climate performance of sustainable adaptation & mitigation strategies. Governance: The strength of cities (to improve resilience) Room 4 Urban governance has gained a central role globally; this session will showcase different examples of cities such as Paris or Barcelona, which are largely exposed to risks and vulnerabilities, while at the same time they are also key to unlocking sustainable and resilient urban development. The session will explore how build-up urban governance facilitate to come up with strategies and action plans for solving communities' problems and keep them running smoothly.
Nature-based solutions in cities: The key to climate change adaptation and increasing resilience Room 1 For decades, there was only one way to manage risks: bigger and stronger infrastructures. More recently, nature-based solutions (NBS) proposed a paradigm change, by using natural solutions that avoid transferring risks downstream, being able to solve the problems where they are generated. These changes proposed by the implementation of NBS were for quite some time only at a theoretical level, but nowadays, more and more actual implementations are being built everywhere. This session presents at a practical and theoretical level, the benefits of different types of NBS in completely different urban areas. New perspectives on citizen engagement for urban resilience Room 2 Nowadays, cities are facing several challenges posed by climate change that they have not faced before. In this context, citizens, who are the most affected by these threats, are vulnerable to climate-related impacts. Citizens’ engagement and the use of citizen-generated data is key to ensure a proper adaptation of cities to climate change. This session will explore new perspectives and innovative solutions on citizen engagement to ensure the success of adaptation measures in cities. Water & climate change: Challenges and solutions Room 3 Urban services are key for the proper functioning of a city: without water, energy or transport, citizens can’t live their normal lives and thus, economic and social activities are disrupted. Due to the concentration of population and complexity of cities, urban services are already working at high levels of stress, and climate change may increase the pressures on those systems. This is of special relevance when it comes to the water sector, like water scarcity, extreme rainfall or water quality problems may add stresses to the water and wastewater networks of cities. This session presents challenges and solutions related to the urban water systems from cities all around the world. Strategies, measures and indicators for effective adaptation of cities Room 4 There are different adaptation measures and strategies to increase cities’ resilience. To assess and decide what adaptation measures to use, decision-makers need to know what strategies exist, which are relevant for their system and finally, how effective are these measures. This session will present innovative prioritization methods, new approaches on indicators for urban resilience and will showcase some examples of the implementation of adaptation strategies in cities.
Final programme of the URCC now available!
The RESCCUE project
RESCCUE (RESilience to cope with Climate Change in Urban arEas—a multisectorial approach focusing on water) is Europe’s first large-scale innovation and urban resilience project, aimed to improve the capability of cities to anticipate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from significant climate-change related threats with minimum damage.
The RESCCUE perspective is a holistic one, which focuses rather on the interconnections than on separate city units of the urban infrastructure networks.
The models and tools developed within RESCCUE to analyse urban resilience based on a multisectorial approach are being validated in three different cities, carefully selected by their representativeness of the European diversity in terms of climate type and city characteristics: Barcelona, Lisbon and Bristol.
RESCCUE organises the URCC Conference