While the world community was trying to reach an agreement in Glasgow to achieve a faster and further reduction of greenhouse gases in order to prevent dangerous global warming, climate adaptation experts and representatives of 7 European cities were settling down in Rotterdam (3-4 November) for the kickoff of the European REACHOUT research project. This was a very succesfull hybrid meeting with 35 people in Rotterdam and over 15 online from 7 different countries . This meeting not only gave the team a good kick start for the project in terms of content, but it also boosted the team’s energy as it was one o f the first face to face meeting s in a long time.
This 3.5-year project coordinated by Deltares, CAS and funded by the EU under the Green Deal, aims to stimulate climate resilient urban development. As climate change is already leading to extreme events affecting cities worldwide, local governments, citizens and the private sector need to jointly develop solutions that contributes to both climate adaptation and mitigation.
Whether it is in Amsterdam, Athens, Milan, Cork, Gdynia, Lillestrom or Logroño, we need to rethink our ways of designing and building our urban waters systems, public spaces, buildings and traffic systems to cope with the challenges of climate change (e.g. increasing heatwaves, higher sea levels, more intense rainfall events, droughts and forest fires and the energy transition.). To support this ambition, information services are needed to prioritize risks, identify opportunities, formulate realistic strategies and implement feasible solutions. With the kick-off event in Rotterdam, the research consortium is starting the co-development of those information services building upon existing data and information portals within the EU.
Ad Jeuken (coordinator REACHOUT and project leader Deltares) – “We had two interesting days where, on the one hand, the cities involved chared their resilience challenges and, on the other hand, experts showed them the many existing decision support tools and information services already available. I’m really excited to see if we can find a good match.”