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First "Open European Day" and "EU Cities Adapt" final conference at Resilient Cities 2013

This first "Open European Day" was jointly organised by ICLEI, the European Commission and the European Environment Agency. It is planned to become a regular platform for European cities to exchange experiences on practical challenges and adaptation solutions towards local climate resilience.

The event was dedicated to capacity building for urban stakeholders and focused on city to city learning. It benefited from the world-wide exchange between climate change and resilience scientists and regional and local governments at the Bonn Resilient Cities conference which took place from 31 May to 2 June 2013. Participants were encouraged to not only learn from good examples, but also to share their challenges and find solutions by exchanging with colleagues as well as by targeted input by experts on urban practice and applied resilience science.

The Open European Day coincided with the final conference of ‘EU Cities Adapt, a key project on urban adaptation in Europe, financed by the European Commission (Directorate-General for Climate Action). In this project 21 European cities – in different stages of working on adaptation - have worked together towards well-informed and enhanced actions on climate change adaptation. The experience of these cities on their challenges and solutions provides a unique source of inspiration which was shared at the conference.

Participants were encouraged to engage in interactive workshops focusing on questions, like

  • How can we acquire the necessary knowledge, make it suit the purpose and how to deal with uncertainties?
  • How do we define and communicate the risk levels we wish to accept?
  • What does adaptation cost and how can we finance it?
  • What is the role that the EU can play to help cities becoming more resilient to the adverse impacts of climate change?

While the focus was put on participation by European cities and city administrations, stakeholders from other regions were very welcome to participate as well.



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