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Poster Session at Resilient Cities 2013



At Resilient Cities 2013, six different poster sessions with different topics were presented on the first day of the congress. The posters can be downloaded on this webpage.



Mainstreaming climate change adaptation measures into local spatial planning: The case of “Baixa Pombalina” riverfront territory

Baixa Pombalina, downtown area of Lisbon located close to the Tagus estuary, has a high vulnerability to sea level rise (SLR). The Lisbon Municipality developed a Plan for this area, which identifies the risk of SLR but does not consider adaptation measures to face its impacts under different climate scenarios. Our aim is to map vulnerability hotspots for SLR, supported by a GIS analysis using data about climate change impacts and socio-economic issues.

Poster to be presented by Patrícia Ribeiro, PhD Student on Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies at Nova University of Lisbon

Evaluating economic value of green space: Implication for climate change adaptation

This research reviews the literature of evaluation of economic value of green space, examines the attributes of green spaces which have been evaluated and analyzes limitations of the evaluation methods, including hedonic pricing method and stated preference method, in the land use implication for climate change adaptation. The result of the study reveals that the total economic value including market and nonmarket effects of green space on climate change is hard to measure and has not yet been measured and the attributes of green space directly related to climate change have been overlooked by researchers on evaluation of economic value of urban green space.

Poster to be presented by Lianying Bao, Master Student at Harvard University

Resilient Infrastructures: „Urban Living Labs” as an integrative innovative approach

Network infrastructures will be among the sectors of the economy which may be particularly affected by climate change. The discussion on the adaptability of infrastructures has, so far, been carried out mainly in isolation with the individual sectors focusing on purely technical solutions. The concept of resilience opens up new perspectives, taking into account the social and institutional aspects of adaptation and the interdependencies between the infrastructure sectors. In practical terms, there is a need for new planning, implementation and operation concepts to make infrastructure systems climate resilient.
The research analyzes these complex challenges and develops the concept for an urban living lab. This approach is a suitable framework for testing the transformation towards a resilient system under real conditions in a participatory process.

Poster to be presented by Dipl.-Ing. Ernst Schaefer, Master student-researcher at the University of Oldenburg, Germany

World atlas of climate change adaptation strategies

Our interactive on-line map provides an overview of climate change adaptation strategies around the world at a glance. By asking ICLEI Resilient Cities 2013 participants to add their own "pins" on the map and provide short description about their adaptation strategies, our project facilitates information exchange among practitioners and scholars about best practice. Please stop by our poster and add information about your project in our interactive map, or browse interesting projects that the other conference participants are working on.

Poster to be presented by Kenshi Baba, Professor at Hosei University Centre for Regional Research

Climate Proof Cities: Research for and with cities in The Netherlands

In the Dutch “Climate Proof Cities” research program, researchers from 10 universities and research institutes cooperate with major Dutch cities in developing solutions for adapting to climate change. Five main questions are being answered, which form the backbone of the poster: How will climate change influence cities? How vulnerable are cities for climate change, and what will be the impacts? What kind of adaptation measures are possible and effective? How to implement these measures? and What will be the balance of urgency, costs and benefits?

Poster to be presented by Peter Bosch, Researcher Climate & Sustainability at TNO

Rio de Janeiro, down by the riverside: Planned adaptation in a changing environment

In Rio de Janeiro’s (Brazil) northern urban catchment, rural municipalities with indigenous origins like Magé, Itaboraí or Guapimirim are at crossroads. Rapid urbanization, political opportunism and industrialization – including the US$ 8.4 billion COMPERJ petrochemical complex – affect the livelihoods of fishermen and local communities alike, also threatening the region’s remaining pristine mangrove forests. Climate change here affects environment and society at different scales, but as a problem is very little integrated in policy planning beyond coastal protection. This poster aims to clarify problems and options for planned adaptation in this context of controversial urban development – and how these can be effective.

Poster to be presented by Martin Obermaier, Research Associate, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Local governments' steps toward a giant leap in climate change adaptation: Local adaptation action plans of Korea

Korea has established the legal/institutional framework for climate change adaptation and has started on climate change adaptation planning (CCA). After establishment of National CCA Master Plan, all of 16 regional governments of Korea have completed the Local Adaptation Action Plans. And for their realization, they are proceeding to the phase of implementation. The poster is about local governments’ steps toward a giant leap in climate change adaptation with establishing local adaptation action plans of Korea. Please have stop by our poster and have a close look and also take brochures.

Poster to be presented by Ji young Shin & Young shin Lim, Researchers at Korea Adaptation Center for Climate Change, Korea Environment Institute


Public-private partnerships for disaster risk reduction: Experiences in the Tyrol, Austria

This poster provides insights into the DRR projects that have been conducted in the Tyrol (Austria) during the past six years and showcases how the established cooperation between private and public – alpS and the Province of the Tyrol – made them a success story. Besides, the strength of the cooperation, identified weaknesses, opportunities and potential threats to success will be discussed.  Another focus will be the challenges that arise when working with a large number of municipalities that are different in terms of their social, economic, demographic and geographic characteristics as well as their involvement in DRR activities. The author will be happy to discuss possible future application of the approaches in different countries as well as in a different cultural and economic context.

Poster to be presented by Agnieszka Wielgos, alpS Centre for Climate Change Adaptation

The role of citizens in the local urban governance of their neighborhood

In the scope of the urban renewal program Aktive Zentren in the neighborhood of Moabit (Berlin, Germany), an innovative governance structure was established in 2009 to strengthen communication between urban stakeholders. This study analyses the role of citizens in planning and decision-making process: first, citizens are local experts in a bottom-up/top-down participatory planning and secondly, citizens´ representatives meet monthly the local board, composed of local public administrations and urban planners. The main challenges encountered in practice are identified. The study concludes on recommendations to work towards a consensus-building structure within the local urban governance in a long-term perspective.

Poster to be presented by Aline Delatte, M.Sc. at TU Berlin

Transition Management for sustainable cities: Insights from five European cities

As part of the Interreg-funded MUSIC project (Mitigation in Urban Context, Solutions for Innovative Cities), five European cities apply the Transition Management approach to address climate change at local level. This approach aims at systems innovation by building upon the transformative capacity of citizens, businesses and others. The cities initiate local change-agent networks to jointly develop new ways of thinking, working and organising for a sustainable future. Discussing experiences from the cities, this poster presentation highlights the potential and challenges of the Transition Management approach. In a broader sense, it reflects on the role of local governments in sustainability transitions.

Poster to be presented by Chris Roorda, Researcher at DRIFT

City and university united for a greener capital in Norway

This poster aims at elaborating and showcasing of recent collaborations between the University of Oslo and Oslo Municipality for enhancing the environmental standard through innovative solutions.

Poster to be presented by Maryam Faghimimani, Sustainability Adviser at University of Oslo


Smart resilient cities? The case of Barcelona

Barcelona’s experiences have enabled it to create an association to make its accumulated know-how in city management available to other cities; The BARCELONA RESILIENCE GROUP. A public-private initiative to introduce Resilience and Smart Solutions adapted to different city realities within the IQS educational and research center and the university spin-off OptiCits with the participation of different Barcelona stakeholders with an active role in City Management and that had worked in the last decades to built a Resilient and Smart city.

Poster to be presented by Ignasi Fontanals, Barcelona Resilience Group

“Solar Roofpod”: Resiliency as tangible top-down urban infrastructure

The “Solar Roofpod” is a functioning building prototype for the rooftops of urban environments, developed at CCNY. This building addition is conceptualized as a “plug-in unit”, integrated into the host building’s energy economy, contributing decentralized green power in the 10 kW range per unit. It acts on the observation that “our most abundant energy resource is the sun and our most underutilized urban space is our rooftops”. After ‘Superstorm Sandy’ this observation has even more urgency: Urban services must be backed-up by non-subterranean sources, not vulnerable to flooding. The Roofpod can leverage these deficiencies by providing back-up power and relocating mechanical systems to the roof.

Poster to be presented by Prof. Christian Volkmann, Dipl. Arch. ETH, The City College of New York (CCNY)

The different realm of adaptation planning constitutes in Jakarta

The local institutions should be set up properly to have an effective planning mechanism in addressing adaptation to climate change. Bridging vulnerable people concerns to city level actors is the key instrument. Although planning scholars may see participatory planning as a tool to have legitimation, its utility for climate change adaptation is still arguable. By using the case study of Jakarta, the divergent world of adaptation planning was found. The locally embedded adaptation planning which resulted by vulnerable people did not congruent to the city planning policy. This different realm would remain develop ineffective adaptation to climate change.

Poster to be presented by Hendricus Andi Simarmata, PhD Student, ZEF


Climate Resilient Infrastructure Services (CRIS): A USAID program

CRIS is working with developing country cities and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) missions to increase the climate resilience of infrastructure services and to mainstream climate risk management into infrastructure decisions as urban areas grow. CRIS is developing and testing new approaches in four technical areas: rapid diagnostics and fast track implementation, preplanning for post-disaster reconstruction and rapid growth, financing and risk management, and analysis of adaptation options. Learn about the program’s key mechanisms, including how CRIS will work with pilot cities, ways to participate in peer learning activities, and opportunities to apply for small grant funding.

Poster to be presented by Robin Bloch, Principal Consultant and Head of the Planning, Land, and Economic Development of ICF-GHK

Sustainability and resilience in post-disaster reconstruction decisions

Infrastructure design decisions are conventionally based on meeting cost, time and quality targets. There is a rising need to incorporate broader, sustainability-related factors into the decision process. Governments are increasingly focusing on the need to prepare for and respond to natural hazards, where adopting a "sustainable" approach involves seeking disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change. This research explores decision-making in post-disaster urban infrastructure reconstruction activities, with an aim to understand the extent to which concepts of sustainability and resilience influence the reconstruction program outcome.

Poster to be presented by Kristen MacAskill, PhD Candidate at University of Cambridge

City Toolbox- climate change adaption tool for a sustainable urban development

The development of measures to be taken by cities is needed to mitigate and to adapt to changing climatic conditions. The objective of the City Toolbox is to provide information based on state-of-the-art knowledge on projected regional climate changes in order to enable cities to make decisions taking the challenges of climate change into account. The aim is to create win-win solutions for a sustainable urban design while integrating adaptation measures at the same time to reduce future investments resulting from a non-climate proof urban development. The interdisciplinary approach of the City Toolbox is to focus on the sectors water management, health and living conditions, infrastructure, urban planning and communication.

Poster to be presented by Hinnerk Ries and Björn Weber, science officers at Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht

Disaster prevention project in Masan Bay

After a severe typhoon at the margins of the Masan Bay area in 2003, the city of Changwon has tried to set solutions to prevent natural disasters such as floods and surges. The city set the plan to build a disaster prevention wall and pumping facilities on the edge of Masan Bay area.

Poster to be presented by Young-won Hwang, Director General, Bureau of Environment and culture, City of Changwon, Republic of Korea


Developing a concept for management of exceedance flow in Hamburg

The poster presents a methodology to choose the best option for exceedance flow management from different available means of conveyance. There is a description of the parameters that have to be taken in consideration and the possible arrays of conveyance that can be made depending on the urban configuration of each specific site. The Kollau catchment in Hamburg is taken as study case.

Poster to be presented by Luis Roberto Silva Vara, Master student-researcher at Technical University Hamburg-Harburg

LOWCAP: A pathway for delivering a low carbon, energy efficient North Sea Region

LOWCAP has identified a number of policy recommendations for both the European and the North Sea regional level, which set the ground for a pathway for delivering a low carbon, energy efficient North Sea Region. The LOWCAP (Low Carbon Regions in the North Sea) project presents a review on the exchange of knowledge and experiences from four low carbon and energy efficiency Interreg projects. By compiling key results from the partner projects, the LOWCAP project's objective has been to create a North Sea Region Program perspective on low carbon and energy efficiency.

Poster to be presented by Pamela Mühlmann, Project Officer for Sustainability Management and Urban Governance at ICLEI European Secretariat


Prevention and recycling of food wastes in Japan: Policies and achievements

We describe the current status of recycling and prevention of food wastes in Japan with reference to the Food Recycling Law. We show the food related material flows, and the results of factor decomposition analysis of 2008-2010 data. The results indicate the importance of prevention for food waste reduction. The legally binding prevention targets are set for 16 industry sectors in 2012 in Japan, which, we expect, leads prevention of food wastes in Japan. We discuss the issues and points of the next review of the Food Recycling Law in Japan which is scheduled this year.

Poster to be presented by Risa Kojima, Graduate Student, Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University

City logistics for food products: The effects of online shopping on the urban food transport system

Urban freight transport, otherwise defined as city logistics, plays a vital role in sustaining modern urban communities, but it is also recognized for its more unsustainable impacts, such as its negative effects on air quality and traffic. In particular the small scale distribution of food products in an urban environment is one of the most important yet problematic aspects of the supply chain, due to the high atomization of receivers and the requirements for transporting perishable products. Which is the impact of online shopping on the urban food distribution? Does e-commerce represent a useful tool to improve the urban food distribution efficiency?

Poster to be presented by Eleonora Morganti, Post Doc at IFSTTAR - Université de Bourgogne

Urban gardening in Germany: Formation and diffusion of social innovation

The question is how Community Gardens in Germany confront or connect with decision-making in politics, administration and business. First, bottom-up innovation like Urban Gardening emerges from the interaction of less powerful actors. Second, social innovation is less supported than technical innovation. Based on a sociological case-study, the processes of participation through Urban Gardening in three cities are evaluated. Reconstructing the interdependences between the various stakeholders and analyzing the dispositions and strategies of the “Change Agents”, the goal is to gain insights about formation and diffusion of social innovation.

Poster to be presented by Daniela Hadem-Kälber, Norbert-Elias Center for transformation design and research, Universität Flensburg

Eating city: A think tank for urban food policies implementation

Food flows related to urban settlements generate high environmental impacts : nevertheless most of the cities do not have specific food policies integrated with environmental and social strategies. In order to place food policies in the agenda of policy and decision makers, Eating City has been launched in 2010 by Risteco – Terre Citoyenne, co-funded by the CLM foundation for Human Progress. The aim of this multi-year program of activities is to create opportunities of international meeting, to elaborate several case studies and a series of publications with concrete proposals.

Poster to be presented by Lenny Martinez, Master Student at Université de Strasbourg interning at Risteco France