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Nature Smart Cities across the 2 Seas

Priority Axis

Adaptation to Climate Change

Specific objective

Adaptation to Climate Change

England

Southend on Sea Borough Council

Lead partner

address

Victoria Avenue
Southend-on-Sea
Essex
SS2 6ER
Groot Brittannië

Project budget

6 380 472

ERDF amount

3 828 283

ERDF rate

60%

Begindatum

12/07/2018

Einddatum

25/02/2022

Common challenge

A clear knowledge gap exists for local authorities (LAs) that prevents them from deploying green infrastructure (GI) on a scale that enables urban landscapes to adapt to the future impacts of climate change and build more sustainable communities. Cities and towns are not investing in GI and the valuation tools for justifying GI on economic, social, cultural and environmental grounds are simply not being used by LAs, who instead rely on EU and national subsidies or deliver GI projects on a ‘one off’ basis. The exceptions are capital/larger cities (populations > 550,000 approx.) that have access to more finance and resources than smaller urban areas. Urban areas < 550,000 people are not investing in GI. Valuation tools for GI are simply not being used and LAs lack the ability to properly account for the direct cash benefits of GI. LAs need to be enabled to overcome market barriers to using their own city-finance to fund GI climate investments and step away from subsidy dependence.

Partners

Belgium/Flanders

City of Bruges

Netherlands

Municipality Kapelle

England

Imperial College London

Belgium/Flanders

Provincie Antwerpen

Netherlands

Den Haag

England

Cambridge City Council

Belgium/Flanders

Universiteit Gent

Belgium/Flanders

Universiteit Antwerpen

France

Lille

Belgium/Flanders

De Zuidrand Streekvereniging

Observers

England

Kent County Council

Belgium/Flanders

Gemeente Aartselaar

Belgium/Flanders

Gemeente Borsbeek

Belgium/Flanders

Gemeente Edegem

Belgium/Flanders

Gemeente Hove

Belgium/Flanders

Gemeente Lint

Belgium/Flanders

Gemeente Kontich

Belgium/Flanders

Stad Mortsel

Belgium/Flanders

Vlaamse Milieumaatschappij

Belgium/Flanders

Provincie West-Vlaanderen

England

Essex County Council

England

Environment Agency

Netherlands

Waterschap Scheldestromen

Netherlands

RWS Partner in Wonen

Netherlands

Het Hoogheemraadschap van Delfland