Good examples of adaptation measures by cities
The Mayors Adapt initiative invites its signatory cities to publish case studies about their adaptation activities. The case studies will be published on Climate-ADAPT, the European Climate Adaptation Platform, will be featured in a forthcoming Good Practice publication, and profiled here on the Mayors Adapt Website.
The case studies go beyond the climate vulnerabilities outlined in the city profile factsheet the cities compiled when signing up to Mayors Adapt by presenting concrete actions on adaptation. Each case study presents the challenges the city faced with regard to the impacts of climate change. It then describes the adaptation measures the city has undertaken to meet the challenges and presents the solutions. Furthermore, the case study diplays some additional information about for example stakeholder participation, success and limiting factors as well as about costs and benefits. Finally, a contact person is mentioned.
Case studies from the following Mayors Adapt signatory cities are published until now on Climate-ADAPT:
- Munich: Isar-Plan – Water management plan and restoration of the Isar River, Munich (Germany) (2015)
- Växjö: Storm water management in Växjö – the Linnaeus Canal and Växjö Lake lagoons, Sweden (2015)
- Nijmegen: Room for the River Waal – protecting the city of Nijmegen (2014)
- Stuttgart: Combating the heat island effect and poor air quality with green ventilation corridors (2014)
- Madrid: The refurbishment of Gomeznarro Park in Madrid focused on storm water retention (2014)
All other signatory cities are invited to sumbit their own case which is swift and simple and requires little effort: Cities can either submit their case via the editable word document directly by E-Mail to the Mayors Adapt Helpdesk (firstname.lastname@example.org) or online via the Climate-ADAPT Website.
Cities presenting their adaptation measures via a case study benefit in multiple ways:
1. The case studies will foster the visibility of the city’s adaptation activities and showcase its action on adaptation across the EU.
2. The case studies help to present the respective city as a pioneer in the area of adaptation, giving profile to their expertise.
3. Case studies are a valuable resource for journalists writing about adaptation to climate change in Europe. Journalists looking for good examples of adaptation are referred by the Mayors Adapt Helpdesk to these case studies. Other institutions, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have already used these case studies in their communications. Of course, cities are also free to use their case study for their own communications activities.
4. Additionally, the Mayors Adapt initiative will also draw on the case studies to create a Good Practice publication about the initiative and adaptation.
All in all, publishing a case study about your adaptation measures makes your city and its activities visible – for the benefit of you and other cities.
In case of any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Helpdesk.