World Association of the Major Metropolises
It is intended to exchange and generate knowledge on the different measures and define the political and technical elements to serve for the articulation of these policies in urban areas. As part of the initiative the following activities will be carried out: diagnosis, three study visits, an international seminar in Barcelona, a publication of the seminar and dissemination activities through Metropolis, local media and networks in which the partners are involved: Eurocities, UCLG, Medcities, etc.
The Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (AMB) held the final conference of the Climate Metropole+ initiative, aimed at addressing the main challenges of adaptating to climate change and the actions to take in order to cope with them.
The event was organized by the environment department of AMB, and served to present the conclusions of the project and the future initiatives which resulted from the exchange of experiences between the metropolitan areas of Barcelona, Berlin, Liverpool and Lyon. One of the main conclusions of this period of collaboration was that climate change has to be understood from a holistic point of view, in which the environmental, political, economic and cultural dimensions must be approached hand in hand. In this sense, climate change adaptation requires the collaboration of all the parties involved to address the problem and raise optimal solutions from different areas. Some examples of this type of collaboration are the AMB’s Metropolitan Observatory of Climate Change (METROBS), and the observatory of Lyon. It is considered that it is necessary to promote interdepartmental approaches and partnerships between the public and private sector, also implicating the citizenship in the process.
Eloi Badia, vicepresident of environment of AMB, opened the conference by welcoming the participants. For its part, the Octavi Varga, executive director of Metropolis, presented the main challenges of the urban areas in the world and noted the initiative Climate Metropole as an example of the type of collaborative projects promoted by our association. The coordinators of the initiative, Ana Romero (AMB), Luce Ponsar (Lyon) and Vicki O'Kelly (Liverpool), presented the main lessons learned from the project and the desire to continue with a more ambitious future project in the framework of the adaptation and citizen awareness.
Launched in June 2015, the Climate Metropole+ initiative comes to an end after having promoted the exchange and generation of knowledge about the different measures and actions for articulating policies of climate change adaptation in cities; all this through seminars and workshops and the first-hand observation of the actions of the four cities involved in the initiative. To check thouroughly the outcomes of this project, we invite you to download its final report, which is available in our library.
The third workshop of the Climate Metropole+ Metropolis initiative was held in Liverpool on 20-21 June 2016. Participants from Barcelona Metropolitan Area, Grand Lyon and representatives from the Circles of Climate and Berlin attended the workshop. The councillor Malcolm Kennedy from Liverpool City Council gave a welcoming speech and explained the origin of the city of Liverpool and the need to do more for cyclists and pedestrians. Councillor Kennedy also highlighted the need for experts to make things simple for decision-makers on issues such as climate adaptation.
The first day included presentations on: climate risks and adaptation initiatives in Liverpool, incorporation of green infrastructure into the development at Wirral Waters Merseyside regeneration project, coastal management of Sefton coastal dunes and the Climate Local Authority Support Programme project (CLASP). The first field trip involved a visit to Alder Hey Hospital (photo) to reflect on the concept and vision of the hospital and all the sustainability measures foreseen as well as the innovative climate adaptation measures incorporated into the building design. The second field trip involved taking the ferry across the river Mersey to Wirral and taking an afternoon tea at Woodside Home Café whilst listening to two presentations: Mr. Paul Nolan, the Director of Merseyforest, presented the Wirral Waters Development Scheme and how green infrastructure supported regeneration and helped to adapt and mitigate climate change. Then, Ms. Alisa Gibson presented the CLASP project and how advice on climate adaptation was provided to local authority members and officers.
The second day started with two presentations: Mr. Paul James from Circles of Climate presented the latest progress in the No Regrets Charter and Ms. Alison Ball from ARUP presented Liverpool’s participation in the Rockefeller Foundation City Resilience Index. Then, Ms. Ana Romero presented a draft agenda for the both workshop and final seminar to be held in Barcelona on 17-18 November 2016. This was followed by a debate regarding future opportunities for continuing the collaboration among the partners, possible dissemination activities related to the project and the final output from the project to be distributed both online and as a publication at the Barcelona seminar. Finally, Mr Bruce McCormack gave two presentations, one on Africa’s largest informal settlement and set it within the context of rapid population growth in Africa (another 1.3b people in 34 years) and urban growth (450m extra urban dwellers by 2030). His second presentation focused on issues related to the ‘Now’ principle in the No Regrets Charter.
The second workshop of the Climate Metropole+ initiative "Climate Change Adaptation - Strategies, Actions and Challenges" was held in Lyon on 8-9 February 2016. The first day included presentations on Lyon’s climate and energy plan, the climate change adaptation plan, the local climate observatory and the Tree Charter. In the afternoon, the field trip involved three visits: a visit to the Garibaldi road, as an example of road requalification where green and blue elements were combined; the second visit to the park Kaplan and the water management department which focused on the use of rainwater and the strategy of “permeable city” and finally, the visit to the local information centre of the Confluence district (House of The Confluence) where the urban project was explained and discussed.
The second day focused on the preliminary analysis of the No Regrets Charter and the climate change adaptation actions undertaken by Berlin, Barcelona Metropolitan Area, Grand Lyon and Liverpool City Region. A brief presentation was given of other on-going initiatives at global and EU level, particularly, the new Integrated Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy.
You can read the final report of the workshop by clicking here
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On 23-24 November 2015, Berlin hosted the first workshop of the Climate Metropole+ initiative, led by Barcelona Metropolitan Area (BMA) and Metropolis, in cooperation with its partners Berlin, Liverpool City Region and Grand Lyon. The first of a total of four workshops had 14 participants representing 7 different regions in the world.
The workshop featured morning presentations on climate change adaptation from the host city and a field trip in the afternoon to learn how Berlin currently plans and implements adaptation measures across its urban area, and how resilient infrastructures are being developed in situ. The workshop also provided a broad framing of climate change adaptation using the No Regrets Charter principles to guide practice.
Illustrations of ‘Berlin Climate and Energy Program’, Source: Presentation ‘Berlin’s Climate and Adaptation Plannning’, Christian Gaebler Permanent Secretary for Transport and Environment, Senate Department for Urban Development and Environment Berlin
During the field visits, local experts showed the participants the European Reference Campus (EUREF) intended to be an exemplar of carbon neutral and decentralised energy supply district in the middle of Berlin where Climate-KIC is located; the future Urban Tech Republic at the area of Berlin Tegel airport and the rainwater treatment, roof greening, waste management and innovative energy generation at Postdamer Platz.
The second day participants discussed the plans, actions and challenges faced by the partners in the Climate Metropole+ initiative: Barcelona Metropolitan Area, Grand Lyon and Liverpool City Region. An invited guest from Buenos Aires presented an overview of climate change adaptation in their city. Another invited guest from Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ), gave a presentation on the conditions and approaches of the city of Cairo regarding climate change adaption. An open debate on the strengths and weaknesses of the adaptation measures in these cities helped to select issues to be discussed in future workshops: urban heat island effect, communication and awareness raising, green infrastructure, heavy rain / water scarcity and cooperative ways for energy self-consumption.
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