Date de début01/07/2016
Date de fin30/06/2020
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 4,5 year of territorial cooperation. In contrast of the end date above, the partnership expects to finish on 31 December 2020. The partnership still consists of 10 partners and 3 observers. The observers have taken a very small role during the project itself. For a cross border operation, this is a very large project.
During the 2020 period, the final products and deliverables have been finished. Also, some improvements have been made in order to be able to conduct a social media campagne. This was necessary due to Covid-19.
Overall interaction between partners is still very good, considering the large partnership. Due to Covid-19, there were no 'face-to-face' meetings possible. Also, we have had to cancel our plans for the Final Event.