Snippets from the Open European Day.

The Open European Day brought together European cities to talk about funding for adaptation and mitigation, to exchange their ideas and strategies in adaptation, and to discuss how they work with their limits. Cities, experts and organizations talked about what works, what does not and how to do better. Here are some snippets from the day: Marco Cardinaletti, City of Ancona: “Before cities planned and waited for national governments and depending on the percentage of funds received went for implementation and tendering from the private sector. The process is no longer linear. We need to start including our stakeholders from Read more

Bologna, Italy

A Reality Check Workshop on Adaptation on the Ground in Bologna, Italy   The City of Bologna (Italy) is located in the Po River Valley and covers an area of approx. 14 hectares. Bologna, with a population of about 380,000 inhabitants (900.000 in metropolitan area) is Italy’s 7th most populous city. The city is also the capital of the Emilia Romagna Region, and a strategic hub for the national road and rail networks. Meteorological measurements have already shown increased temperatures and shifts in seasonal precipitation in the City of Bologna and the Emilia Romagna Region, with an anticipated increase in Read more

Snapshots from Dar es Salaam

Flood impact and urban adaptation in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania As part of an on-going Action Research project involving the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ in Leipzig Germany, I was commissioned to shoot video interviews with key stakeholders and experts in Dar es Salaam Tanzania, as well as to document the flood problems through still photography. The research project investigates the capacity of local authorities to consider climate adaptation in their local budget and seeks to empower them to integrate adaptation measures in their development activities. The field work in Dar es Salaam was conducted in partnership with Read more

Photo of the Month – April

This month the winner of the Resilient Cities Photo Contest is Eric Schaechter with his photo featuring a retailer in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania during the flood earlier this month. Eric travelled to Dar Es Salaam to document the collaboration between the Helmholtz Zentrum für Umweltforschung – UFZ and the municipality of Kinondoni, located in the northern part of the City. The partnership focused on finding solutions to the flood problem in the municipality. “Dar es Salaam has a rainy season that lasts about two months. During this season, residents of the city who have settled into lowlands are constantly Read more

Constant learning on local initiatives

ICLEI organizes an annual global forum on urban resilience and adaptation, which takes place in Bonn, Germany every year. This important venue is a great opportunity to learn about valuable initiatives that are developed all around the world. And, fortunately, I was part of it in 2013. My role in the conference was as a social media volunteer. I was responsible for writing blog summaries and tweet about the sessions. This allowed me to attend a variety of talks from diverse panelists that described experiences from their home countries; to share some information with those that could not attend the Read more

Resilient Cities Photo of the Month – March

Jelenko Dragisic‘s picture shows the Story Bridge of Brisbane  Jelenko Dragisic’s photo shows us the resilience of the city of Brisbane in Australia. Brisbane experienced a strong flood in January 2011. The summer of 2011 was locally known as the “summer of sorrow”!  A series of disasters, mostly flooding and cyclones hit the country and had severe impacts. Now, three years later, Brisbane is recovered and the bridge framing the city perfectly captures and symbolizes a resilient and prospering city. At the time of flooding in 2011, Jelenko Dragisic was the CEO of Volunteering Queensland. The co-ordinated volunteering effort saw Read more


Copenhagen: from a Cloudburst Management Plan to green climate adaptation The city of Copenhagen has just finished its work on the Cloudburst Management Plan. The plan is an innovative way to adapt urban open spaces like streets and places to heavy storm water events and thereby prevent flooding. The “Cloudburst Concretization Masterplan” was developed for eight central catchment areas in Copenhagen, encompassing a total area of 34 km². A “cloudburst” tool box of urban interventions, such as cloudburst boulevards, cloudburst parks, cloudburst plazas, provides the basis for a dynamic and multifunctional system. This new generation of blue-green infrastructures addresses essential Read more

Santiago de Chile

New initiatives on climate change adaptation in Santiago de Chile New local climate change adaptation initiatives have been started in the last three years in and around the metropolitan area of Santiago de Chile. These initiatives contributed to a wide scientific knowledge; however, the steps from science to policy and from policy to implementation have to be undertaken. Ninety percent of Chileans live in urban areas, with over 40% of the national population living in the Santiago Metropolitan Area.  Given this high concentration, the ability of the Metropolitan Region to adapt to climate change is critical for the healthy development Read more

Resilient Cities 2014 Co-Patrons

  Christiana Figueres, Helen Clark and James Nxumalo are the Resilient Cities 2014 congress Co-Patrons. By their role, they support Resilient Cities, which provides a global platform for sharing and discussing local climate adaptation actions.   Building on UNFCCC’s long-standing support and partnership with the Resilient Cities series, ICLEI is honored to welcome Christiana Figueres as a Co-Patron of the Resilient Cities 2014 congress. Christiana Figueres has been the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change since 2010, which is an endorsing partner of the event. Christiana Figueres states about her Co-Patronage:   “Boosting the resilience Read more