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Adaptation planning and resilient infrastructure webinar

Tuesday 26 November 15:00-16:00 CET

This webinar discussed the development of urban adaptation strategies and resilient urban infrastructure.  Insights on how to achieve regional, multi-sector approaches were shared.

Susanna Kankaanpää, Climate Specialist with Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority discussed the Helsinki Metropolitan Area Adaptation Strategy and how regional policies are being developed and coordinated across multiple sectors, from land use and building to health and safety. Download her presentation

Stefan Denig, Vice President of Siemens Global Center of Competence Cities showed how data, technology, and smart investment can be used to build resilience in cities and regions across multiple sectors, using case studies from cities all around the world including New York city.          Download his presentation

Following the presentations, speakers responded to questions from the audience for 10-15 minutes.


Susanna Kankaanpää
, Climate Specialist, Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority, Finland

HSY is a regional authority that provides water and waste management services for the inhabitants of Helsinki Metropolitan Area and also produces information about the area, climate, and environment.  HSY coordinated the preparation of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area Climate Adaptation Strategy (2012), a joint effort of the metropolitan area cities, regional authorities and other regional actors. Susanna acted as the coordinator of the process. In the strategy, policies with which the metropolitan area prepares for the consequences of climate change are compiled. HSY will monitor the implementation of the strategy and adaptation in the region in general

Stefan Denig
, Vice President, Siemens Global Center of Competence Cities

Stefan is leading Siemens’ research program on sustainable infrastructure and resource efficiency in urban agglomerations. A comprehensive stakeholder research on urban infrastructure in the world’s largest cities was published at the 2007 World Economic Forum in Davos (“Megacity Challenges – A Stakeholder perspective”). He also led the development of the first sustainability ranking of Europe’s major cities, published at COP15 and rolled out worldwide with subsequent reports on Asia, Latin America, Africa and USA/Canada. Stefan is heading communication and thought leadership for the Crystal, a sustainable cities initiative by Siemens that explores how we can create a better future for our cities.