Co-creation and implementation of innovative, participative climate adaptation solutions in densely built areas
Priority AxisAdaptation to Climate Change
Adaptation to Climate Change
Lead partnerRegional Water authority of Schieland and Krimpenerwaard
Project budget6 840 257 €
ERDF amount4 104 154 €
Cities and densely built areas in the 2 Seas must adapt to more frequent intense rainfall and increased risks of urban flooding. Traditional public investments in drainage and sewage infrastructure cannot solve this challenge due to financial and spatial constraints. Local (water) authorities must resort to alternative, innovative solutions that integrate smart adaptation features in public and private spaces and buildings across their territory. Moreover, local stakeholders must become prominently involved in the implementation of those adaptation measures in and on their own properties.
The objective is to improve the adaptation capacity of cities and densely built areas in the 2 Seas region by co-creating and implementing innovative climate change adaptation solutions with local stakeholders. This will result in an increased adaptation capacity of densely built area’s in the 2 Seas region by at least 25,000 m3 as well as costs saving of 10 - 50% compared to the use of traditional adaptation investments. SPONGE paves the way for a wide rollout of these innovative participatory adaptation solutions to reduce the risks of and damage from urban flooding across the 2 Seas area at considerably lower costs.
- 7 complementary pilot actions to co-create and implement innovative, place based climate adaptation solutions with local stakeholders. The partners jointly plan, design, implement & evaluate the pilots
- 1 toolbox for stakeholder engagement in climate adaptation
- 1guidance pack for participative climate adaptation in densely built areas
- 1Cross border action plan to introduce participative local climate strategies
Cross border approach
Involving local stakeholders in co-creation and implementing innovative climate adaptation measures brings local (water) authorities on new terrain. In our consortium we have partners with experience in alternative adaptation techniques, stakeholder mobilisation and co-creation of public interventions. By putting these capacities together in a cross border cooperation we create the opportunity to develop, pilot and demonstrate participative climate adaptation actions to increase the adaptation capacity of our partner cities and other densely built territories in the 2 Seas area.
The SPONGE 2020 project has now finished 3,5 year of territorial cooperation. The partnership consists of 10 partners and 3 observers. For a cross border operation, this is a very large project. During this period, almost all products are either finished, or in the last stages of finishing. Also, improvements have been made due to new insights. E.g. the toolbox, launched in 2018, has undergone several changes. The partnership has decided to request www.urbangreenbluegrids.com to also host the Sponge2020 legacy. This resulted in separate pages for the toolbox (now engage stakeholders), the Guidance Pack (now Lessons Learned) and the Cross-border Cooperation (now Policy Recommendations). Most of the pilots are reaching its final goals or have reached this already, such as Essex, WRT, Delfland, Leiden. Some have experienced difficulties in the actual realisation for various reasons (Rotterdam, Agniesebuurt, due to vocal resistance), Westland (found a suitable project and is now in the process of realisation) and Somerset (also had to overcome some difficulties).
Overall interaction between partners is still very good, considering the large partnership. Additional content meetings (face to face) have been implemented. Thus, the partners meet approx. 4 times a year to discuss the transnational cooperation and can learn from oneanother.
Specifically in 2019, the partners worked very hard together. Various Outputs were delivered (together), such as the Toolbox 2.0 and the Guidance Pack (Lessons Learned). Also, various infrastructural pilots were finished (in part or complely) as well (Antwerp, Essex and Leiden). And last but not least, the partners worked very hard together to request a Major Modification on time. And this worked out very well. The MM has been approved, therefore allowing more time for the realisation of the remaining Outputs.
All this hard work has brought the partners even closer, and willing to 'work for oneanother'. A good example is the request from Water Resilient Cities to present the final Toolbox on their Final Conference. The request was made to the LP. However, since the location was in the UK, PP6 took up the work and with a joined presentation from LP and PP10, the presentation was a succes.
The movie has been finished, the website is looking very good (www.urbangreenbluegrids.com) and the cooperation is very well.