Mayors Adapt – Upcoming Events
Building urban resilience to disaster risks and climate change for sustainable development: Linking Sendai, New York, Paris and Quito
19 October 2016
As part of the Habitat III – the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – in Quito, Ecuador, from 17 – 20 October 2016, the side event “Building urban resilience to disaster risks and climate change for sustainable development” takes place, 19 October 2016, 11:00 – 12:00 am.
This event, chaired by DG ECHO Director Jean-Louis de Brouwer, will explore through the lens of urban development, the linkages and synergies between the Sendai Framework, Agenda 2030, and the Paris Agreement, to identify opportunities and challenges that can inform and strengthen the new Urban Agenda.
Discussions will aim to reinforce the need for strategic urban and territorial planning and management and the importance of addressing the urban dimension in the implementation of the international frameworks. Cities are the right ‘playing field’ to understand practical and innovative ways of linking multiple development goals, and designing and implementing mutually reinforcing policies. Recommendations will thus contribute to the overall coherence of these international frameworks, around a common urban topic and with a common goal: a safe, resilient, inclusive and sustainable world for all.
Organiser: European Commission
See here for further information on Habitat III.
Webinar “Adapting to the effects of climate change: Support for cities and communities”
19 October 2016
Join the webinar “Adapting to the effects of climate change: Support for cities and communities” on Wednesday, 19 October 2016, 03:00 – 04:30 pm. During the webinar, some of the informative and support options specifically tailored to German cities and municipalities will be introduced. The online guideline ‘Klimalotse’ will be the primary focus, a revised version of which has been available since spring 2016. Following the presenters’ contributions, there will be time for questions and exchange. Questions specific to the revised ‘Klimalotse’ guideline are welcome to be submitted in advance, so that they can be dealt with in more depth during the webinar.
Why a webinar on support options in the area of climate adaptation for cities and municipalities?
The effects of climate change are already posing major challenges to cities and municipalities. In recent years, extreme weather events like Storm Ela in North-Rhine Westfalia in 2014, the River Elbe flooding in 2013 and record global temperatures have repeatedly shown the urgent need to adapt to climate change. Meanwhile, extensive research into the already evident effects of climate change and into vulnerability in Germany have comprehensively broadened our level of knowledge and underlined the need for action.
In recent years, the number of support options for various target groups has been growing just as rapidly. In many cases, it has become difficult for cities and municipalities to keep up with these exciting developments, to identify opportunities that would be helpful to them and to make the most of these.
Who is the webinar aimed at?
The webinar is aimed at decision-makers in the administration of German cities and municipalities, for example in environmental departments or in city planning, who would like to gain a greater understanding of the impacts of climate change in a structured way or who have already begun to familiarize themselves with the topic. No specific prior knowledge is needed in order to participate. You are very welcome to forward this invitation to other contacts who may be interested.
I have questions specific to the revised ‘Klimalotse’ guidelines. Who can I send these to?
During the webinar, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about the support opportunities presented. In case of questions specific to the revised ‘Klimalotse’ guideline, we would be happy to receive these in advance by email to Christian Kind (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Julia Peleikis (email@example.com). These questions can then be dealt with in more depth in the webinar. The revised version of the ‘Klimalotse’ guideline is available under www.uba.de/klimalotse.
How do I register for the webinar?
Participation in the webinar is free of charge, however, registration in advance is required. Please register here. After successfully registering, you will receive an email confirmation with the log-in information.
Participation is possible with Windows and Mac (OS X 10.07 and newer versions).
Please note that the webinar will be held in German.
Julia Peleikis; Coordinator Sustainable Resources, Climate and Resilience; ICLEI Europe
• Caterina Salb; Beraterin im Bereich Energie- und Klimapolitik; Ecofys
• Dr. Saskia Buchholz; Abteilung Klima- und Umweltberatung; Deutscher Wetterdienst
• Clemens Haße; KomPass – Kompetenzzentrum Klimafolgen und Anpassung; Umweltwundesamt
• Christian Kind; Senior Projektmanager; adelphi
3rd European Climate Change Adaptation Conference
Glasgow, Great Britain
5-9 June 2017
After two successful and enriching conferences in Hamburg (2013) and Copenhagen (2015), the next stop of the European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA) will be Glasgow in June 2017. Glasgow is one of the early signatories of Mayors Adapt and a mentor city in the Mayors Adapt twinning programme.
The theme of ECCA 2017 is “Our Climate Ready Future”. Whereas the first conferences emphasised research-policy-practice links and the emerging adaptation services offered by business, the third ECCA aims to inspire and enable people, who deliver action on the ground, to discover and achieve positive climate adaptation solutions. ECCA will bring together people from local authorities, government departments and agencies, businesses, industry, NGOs and local communities to share knowledge, ideas and experience with researchers and policymakers.
The conference will encompass a diverse program ranging from an exhibition, plenary sessions, smaller group sessions to networking opportunities and excursions to showcase a selection of adaptation projects and cultural sites across the region. ECCA 2017 is organised for the European Commission by three EU funded projects: IMPRESSIONS, Helix and RISES-AM.
Events with the participation of the Mayors Adapt Office