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Thursday, June 6, 11:00-12:30h

Climate adaptation in urban areas: on the successes and failures of collaborative projects

Dr. Joanne Vinke-de Kruijf (UT) and dr. Jo√£o Cortes√£o (WUR)

Climate change is projected to increase the intensity and frequency of heavy rainfall, drought, heat stress, and flooding. To keep urban areas liveable, our built environment has to be adapted to these impacts of climate change. Adaptation is both an engineering and a governance challenge; it calls for integrated solutions and approaches and necessitates cooperation between an array of different actors. In this session, we will reflect upon and discuss practical examples of integrated and collaborative climate adaptation projects. We are particularly interested in approaches and solutions integrating and addressing diverse challenges at different scales, as well as new models for cooperation between research and practice. By looking into what works in which context and what not, we aim to identify hurdles and best practices on climate adaptation in urban areas, and to identify possible new models for cooperation.

Format of the session:

This session will be a fishbowl conversation. A number of invited speakers from the research and practice worlds will briefly introduce one climate adaptation project in The Netherlands using an artefact. The projects will then be actively discussed with audience. Afterwards, under the same format, a second round of participants will join the fishbowl, presenting an international case. The session will finish with summarising the discussion and outlining its outcomes: best practices and hurdles, possible new models for cooperation, and avenues for further research. The final 5-10 minutes will be dedicated to short pitches by students of Twente University on the ‚ÄėBeyond Technology‚Äô project.

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