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Co-creation and implementation of innovative, participative climate adaptation solutions in densely built areas

Priority Axis

Adaptation to Climate Change

Specific objective

Adaptation to Climate Change

Lead partner

Regional Water authority of Schieland and Krimpenerwaard

Contact

Date de début

01/07/2016

Date de fin

30/06/2021

Project budget

6 840 256

ERDF amount

4 104 154

ERDF rate

60%

    À propos

    Common challenge

    Cities and densely built areas in the 2 Seas area must adapt to more frequent intense rainfall and increased risks of urban flooding. Traditional public investments in drainage and sewage infrastructure struggle to solve this challenge due to financial and spatial constraints.

    This increases the risk of urban floods that can damage property, businesses and infrastructure, disturb economic activity and affect public safety. In the Netherlands alone, annual damages from extreme rains and hailstorms add up to €125 million. Due to climate change, this amount is estimated to increase from 40% to 135% by 2050 (Dutch Association of Insurers, 2015).

    Local (water) authorities must resort to alternative, innovative solutions that integrate smart adaptation features in public and private spaces and buildings across their territory. And local stakeholders must become prominently involved in the implementation of those adaptation measures in/on their own properties. 

    The SPONGE partnership rose to the challenge realising that it required implementation of tailor-made adaptation features in both private and public places and buildings. They proposed co-creating and implementing innovative adaptation measures with local stakeholders in a range of different densely-built territories and sought to develop and test various tools and incentives to trigger adaptation measures by individual local actors. 

    Main Achievements

    After almost 5 years of cooperation, SPONGE2020 met all its objectives and delivered all its outputs successfully. The Co-creation toolbox as well as the Guidance Pack (Lessons Learned) were finalised and filled. The cross-border action plan ('Policy recommendations') was delivered in 2020. All 3 tools are available on the website at www.urbangreenbluegrids.com.  

    Due to Covid-19, the spin-off has not been what it could have been. However, the final newsletter has generated a great deal of viewers and partners could complete all 7 planned pilot solutions. 

    The participative, co-creational approach promoted by the project added essential tools to the planning and design of complex water adaptive projects. Co-creation has been a core concept and lessons for the project, only through actively engaging stakeholders did the project become a success. In fact, the more stakeholders were engaged the quicker and cheaper the pilots could be implemented.

    Most of the pilots would at some point been realised by the individual partner organisations, although none of them were risk free. The discussions and ideas mobilised by the partnership helped to reduce the implementation risks of applying the new participative and co-creation approaches, and lead to significantly better implementation of these pilots. During the project, the pilots’ implementation was influenced by the lessons learned in the other pilots. The Rotterdam and Antwerp experiences with local stakeholder’s resistance brought strong lessons. When in the second phase their co-creation approach was improved, they had incorporated the UK approach of hiring independent consultants for facilitating the participative process. The turn-of-events in Rotterdam and Antwerp made it possible for Leiden municipality to fine-tune their approach and avoid similar setbacks.

    The effect of doing an EU co-financed project with the joint effort of international experts had an empowering effect. A cross-border dedicated group of experts strengthens the quality of applied innovations and adds importance with the joint communication message. This brought change and strengthened work within the partnership organisations, on the pilot communities’ level, as well as on the political perception of climate adaptation and solutions. Site-visits as always appear to be strong ‘tools’ to emphasize this effect.

    Testimonial

    The 10 SPONGE partners are engaged to 7 pilot projects implementing water-based measures in their respective cities and learning from the process. Given the broad scope of the challenges, there is no easy solution. We need to turn to cocreation and work with our local stakeholders in our pilots by facing the same hurdles and exchanging knowledge. We aim to come up with better solutions and learn from one another.

    Yill Vogelezang, SPONGE 2020 Lead Partner 

    Partnership

    Partners

    Municipality of Rotterdam

    City of Antwerp

    Somerset County Council

    Westcounty River Trust

    Essex County Council

    Municipality of Westland

    Regional water authority of Delfland

    Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

    Gemeente Leiden

    Outputs

    Output title
    Type
    Target
    URL / Download
    30/09/2020

    SPONGE2020

    Thème: Climate changeInnovation in cities

    Pilot – participative adaptation solutions in urban public space

    Type: Pilot and demonstration action
    Target: Citizens
    30/09/2020

    SPONGE2020

    Thème: Climate changeInnovation in cities

    Pilot – participative, innovative adaptation solutions in a densely built historic city 

    Type: Pilot and demonstration action
    Target: Citizens
    30/09/2020

    SPONGE2020

    Thème: Climate changeInnovation in cities

    Pilot participative adaptation solutions in city district with social housing & small enterprise

    Type: Pilot and demonstration action
    Target: Citizens
    30/09/2020

    SPONGE2020

    Thème: Climate changeInnovation in cities

    Pilot participative adaptation solutions in built areas along a flood-prone river system

    Type: Pilot and demonstration action
    Target: Citizens
    30/09/2020

    SPONGE2020

    Thème: Climate changeInnovation in cities

    Pilot participative adaptation solutions in commercial city centre

    Type: Pilot and demonstration action
    Target: Citizens
    30/09/2020

    SPONGE2020

    Thème: Climate changeInnovation in cities

    Pilot participative adaptation solutions in mixed function residential/ greenhouse area

    Type: Pilot and demonstration action
    Target: Citizens
    31/03/2020

    SPONGE2020

    Thème: Climate changeInnovation in cities

    Cross-border action plan to integrate participative adaptation in local climate strategies

    Type: Strategy/action plan
    Target: Citizens
    31/01/2020

    SPONGE2020

    Thème: Climate changeInnovation in cities

    Pilot – participative adaptation solutions on a hospital site

    Type: Pilot and demonstration action
    Target: Citizens
    31/12/2019

    SPONGE2020

    Thème: Climate changeInnovation in cities

    Guidance Pack for participative climate adaptation in densely-built areas in the 2 Seas

    Type: Method/service
    Target: Citizens
    31/12/2018

    SPONGE2020

    Thème: Climate changeInnovation in cities

    Cross-border toolbox for effective stakeholder engagement for climate adaptation

    Type: Method/service
    Target: Citizens