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 was held online in October 2020. Organised in the framework of RESCCUE, Europe’s first large-scale innovation and urban resilience project, this event aimed 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
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 organised the URCC Conference