City structures and the urban living environment are especially vulnerable to extreme changes in weather patterns. As a result of climate change, the temperature in the urban environment is expected to rise, which will have real impacts on the living conditions in our cities.
However, if we only have reactive policies instead of proactive action plans, then we will be burdened with an increasing expense to make the necessary adaptations in the future. Therefore, anticipatory strategies are needed for adapting the urban structures in a way that mitigates the impacts of a changing climate without endangering the urban living environment.
The project in brief
The Future Cities project was set up to develop joint action plans to enhance the capacity of North-West Europe’s city-regions to cope with increasingly frequent extreme weather events. 8 partners from 5 countries cooperated to develop, apply, and improve assessment criteria for climate-proof cities. They aimed to develop concepts and implementation strategies which:
- Were innovative and not yet implemented on the practical level
- Protected against greater financial loss by operating proactively
- Provided synergy effects and cost effectiveness by applying combined measures.
Adequate action plans were developed in each city region and priority measures were implemented in small-scale investments. The partners developed innovative tools such as the Adaptation Compass, which served as a guidance tool for developing climate-proof city regions. Additionally, the Future Cities project developed a common evaluation method to create adaptation strategies, develop action plans for said strategies, implement demonstration projects and raise awareness using the projects results.
At the end, this project enhanced economic efficiency, and developed key action plans, evaluation methods, and solutions for the cities involved.