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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

30/06/2020

Project budget

6 840 257

ERDF amount

4 104 154

ERDF rate

60%

    À propos

    Common challenge

    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.

    Main Achievements

    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.

    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

    Outputs

    Theme
    Type
    Target
    URL / Download
    31/01/2020

    Pilot – participative adaptation solutions on a hospital site

    Thème: Climate change - Water management
    Type: Physical equipment/pilot
    Target: Citizens - Local, regional and national authorities - SMEs /enterprises
    30/09/2020

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

    Thème: Climate change - Water management
    Type: Physical equipment/pilot
    Target: Citizens - Local, regional and national authorities - SMEs /enterprises
    31/12/2018

    Cross-border toolbox for effective stakeholder engagement for climate adaptation

    Thème: Climate change - Water management
    Type: Method/tool
    Target: Citizens - Local, regional and national authorities - Water management organisations
    31/12/2019

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

    Thème: Climate change - Water management
    Type: Method/tool
    Target: Citizens - Local, regional and national authorities - Water management organisations
    30/09/2020

    Pilot – participative adaptation solutions in urban public space

    Thème: Climate change - Water management
    Type: Physical equipment/pilot
    Target: Citizens - Local, regional and national authorities - SMEs /enterprises