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October 2017

Investing in resilience: a necessity for European cities? What solutions?

11 October 2017, 09:00 - 10:45
Brussels, Belgium
Committee of the Regions, Jacques Delors, Room 51
This workshop will offer insights into how local authorities can design, prioritise and implement local resilience plans. Local authorities and cities, international organisations and the private sector will debate how we can work together to build resilience to withstand unexpected disruptions and drive long-term viability. With an ever more interconnected global economy, the risks to our communities from climatic events, cyber-attacks and risks to human health are multiple. Effective partnership is key to resilience planning. The workshop will hear about how our cities are dealing with global risks through smart resilience responses across Europe. Local government bodies operate at the closest level to citizens and play a key role in responding to crises and emergencies, delivering essential services and investing in the economic and social wellbeing of their communities. But moving from policy to practice requires effective action and this workshop will provide useful insight into the main issues from a global to local perspective.

Organisers: UDITE/European Federation of Local Government Chief Executives
Themes: Theme 1: Building resilient Regions and Cities
Speakers: De Castro Neto, Miguel
Kruf, Jack
Lucey, Tim
Radojcic, Kristijan
Radziejewski, Grzegorz
Robrecht, Holger
Wild, Oliver
Interpretation Languages: português (pt)
English (en)
français (fr)

Holger Robrecht will present on "Smart Mature Resilience - solutions for resilience planning in European cities" and participate in the event as a panelist.

Using strategic narratives to help integrate CCA & DRR

25 - 26 October 2017, 09:00 - 17:00
Brussels, Belgium
JPI Climate / Belspo
Join PLACARD for a two-day workshop to explore the development and use of strategic narratives to integrate climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) communities. Integration will help to enhance resilience to weather-related extreme events, decrease intervention costs and promote effective actions.

The workshop is aimed at practitioners, policymakers and scientists working in:

- community preparedness for flooding
- landscape management for wildfire protection

Mixed workshop format:

Break-out sessions, group work and discussion.

Inspiring talks and coaching by international experts:

Karen O’Brien – University of Oslo, Norway
Art Dewulf – Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands
Sukaina Bharwani and Julia Barrott – Stockholm Environment Institute, UK
Ingrid Coninx – Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands
Julia Bentz – Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisboa, Portugal
Reimund Schwarze – Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung (UFZ), Germany








This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 653569.