CITY BLUEPRINTS - Improving Implementation Capacities of Cities and Regions (AG041)

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CITY BLUEPRINTS - Improving Implementation Capacities of Cities and Regions (AG041)

Approximately 80% of the world’s GDP is produced, and 75% of the global energy and material flows are consumed in cities. Cities are concentrated centres of production, consumption, and waste disposal that drive land change and a host of global health and environmental challenges. Cities are highly dependent on other cities and hinterlands to supply materials (including water), energy, and to dispose waste. Urbanization takes place at an unprecedented rate of almost 200,000 people per day and therefore, most of our global challenges, i.e. the Sustainable Development Goals can best be addressed at the level, where these problems will concentrate: in cities. Research has shown how important it is to involve the civil society and private parties to create success. Governance is the main challenge.

The goal  of this EIP Water Action Group is to develop and implement further initiatives: (a) by creating awareness among potential partners (cities and regions), (b) by networking, and (c) by sharing best practices among cities to allow municipalities and regions to provide solutions to their urban water challenges. The Action Group  can organize interventions at the local level to overcome barriers in governance systems that hinder the development and uptake of innovations in municipal water management.

Over the last years the City Blueprints team has developed a process and methodology to provide a baseline assessment of municipalities and regions. This City Blueprint® Approach is a diagnosis tool and consists of three complementary frameworks. The main challenges of cities are assessed with the Trends and Pressures Framework (TPF). How cities are managing their water cycle is done with the City Blueprint® Framework (CBF). Where cities can improve their water governance is done with the  Governance Capacity Framework (GCF).

Detailed City Blueprint assessments have been published for the cities Rotterdam, Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Istanbul, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Melbourne, Quito (Ecuador) and Ahmedabad (India). Assessments have been made for nearly 60 municipalities and regions in more than 30 countries. Some of our work will soon be published in the Urban Water Atlas for Europe by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. The action group is  in close contact with the European Innovation Partnership on smart cities and communities.  Details about the City Blueprint Approach and best practices in cities are provided in reports, publications, presentations, questionnaires and videos. These are summarized in the E-Brochure (Click on documents).

SMART Cities

In the development or reconstruction of cities optimal use should be made of exploring options for win-win’s or co-benefits for the different issues that need to be addressed in cities. For instance, road reconstruction can be combined with the renewal or installing of water distribution networks or sewer systems and the creation of blue and green space. This would save a lot of time, money and nuisance for citizens. Recently, Commissioner Crețu (Regional Policy) has decided to include water and waste in the EU Urban Agenda (next to energy, transport and ICT). On 1 February 2015 the City Blueprint activities expanded in the Horizon 2020 BlueSCities project to do just that. As a result the City Blueprint framework has been reviewed and modified. Further work on governance will take place in the POWER project. New assessments with the improved framework have been made for nearly 60 municipalities and regions in more than 30 countries (see documents). The action group is  in close contact with the European innovation partnership on smart cities and communities. 

The City Blueprints team:

The project team is led by KWR Watercycle Research Institute and NetwercH2O and involves a wide range of knowledge providers, administrative bodies, networks and regional authorities for the development of the project: Fundació CTM Centre Tecnològic, Adventech, University of Utrecht - Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Siemens, ERRIN, Red Aragon 7 PM, ZINNAE, AMGA, PARAGON EUROPE, USBMA, REGIONE PUGLIA, ACQUEDOTTO PUGLIESE, AUTORITA’ IDRICA PUGLIESE;De Montfort University, Witteveen en Bos, Deltares, ENEA, REDINN, LEITAT, DEMOWARE CONSORTIUM, World Bank, The State of Israel.

City Blueprints Presentations:

A presentation of our action group has been given by Richard Elelman at the EIP Water conference in Brussels (2013). An overview of the City Blueprint activities has been recorded during the conference 'Water in a sustainable City' in Gothenburg (2014). An update of our activities has been presented at the EIP Water meeting in Leeuwarden (2016) by Richard Elelman, Stef Koop and Kees van Leeuwen.

 

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24th March 2017

The Project "Political and sOcial awareness on Water EnviRonmental challenges" (POWER) is funded by the EU under the H2020-ICT10c-2015 Call. The POWER consortium comprises a total of 12 Partners, including four research institutions dealing with environmental, social and governance issues, two...

31st January 2017

The Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) took place from 17-20 October 2016 in Quito in Ecuador, after previous meetings were held in Vancouver (Habitat I, 1976) and Istanbul (Habitat II, 1996). The conference addressed...

31st January 2017

Last year Stef Koop and I published a broad review on the challenges of water, waste and climate change in cities. Population growth and...

26th August 2015

Climate change and urbanization are among the most significant trends of the twenty-first century, affecting global natural resources such as water, economic development and human well-being. The growth of the world population will be absorbed by the cities. It is going faster than ever! The...

17th June 2015

Here is the article from Misagh Mottaghi (originally published on Swedish Water House website see SIWI, the Swedish Water House).

Swedish cities, including Malmö, will face...

3rd March 2015

In Novemeber Kees van Leeuwen reported on the latest state of the Action Group's work at the 'The Water in a Sustainable City' conference.

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CITY BLUEPRINTS - Improving Implementation Capacities of Cities and Regions (AG041)

Approximately 80% of the world’s GDP is produced, and 75% of the global energy and material flows are consumed in cities. Cities are concentrated centres of production, consumption, and waste disposal that drive land change and a host of global health and environmental challenges. Cities are highly dependent on other cities and hinterlands to supply materials (including water), energy, and to dispose waste. Urbanization takes place at an unprecedented rate of almost 200,000 people per day and therefore, most of our global challenges, i.e. the Sustainable Development Goals can best be addressed at the level, where these problems will concentrate: in cities. Research has shown how important it is to involve the civil society and private parties to create success. Governance is the main challenge.

The goal  of this EIP Water Action Group is to develop and implement further initiatives: (a) by creating awareness among potential partners (cities and regions), (b) by networking, and (c) by sharing best practices among cities to allow municipalities and regions to provide solutions to their urban water challenges. The Action Group  can organize interventions at the local level to overcome barriers in governance systems that hinder the development and uptake of innovations in municipal water management.

Over the last years the City Blueprints team has developed a process and methodology to provide a baseline assessment of municipalities and regions. This City Blueprint® Approach is a diagnosis tool and consists of three complementary frameworks. The main challenges of cities are assessed with the Trends and Pressures Framework (TPF). How cities are managing their water cycle is done with the City Blueprint® Framework (CBF). Where cities can improve their water governance is done with the  Governance Capacity Framework (GCF).

Detailed City Blueprint assessments have been published for the cities Rotterdam, Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Istanbul, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Melbourne, Quito (Ecuador) and Ahmedabad (India). Assessments have been made for nearly 60 municipalities and regions in more than 30 countries. Some of our work will soon be published in the Urban Water Atlas for Europe by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. The action group is  in close contact with the European Innovation Partnership on smart cities and communities.  Details about the City Blueprint Approach and best practices in cities are provided in reports, publications, presentations, questionnaires and videos. These are summarized in the E-Brochure (Click on documents).

SMART Cities

In the development or reconstruction of cities optimal use should be made of exploring options for win-win’s or co-benefits for the different issues that need to be addressed in cities. For instance, road reconstruction can be combined with the renewal or installing of water distribution networks or sewer systems and the creation of blue and green space. This would save a lot of time, money and nuisance for citizens. Recently, Commissioner Crețu (Regional Policy) has decided to include water and waste in the EU Urban Agenda (next to energy, transport and ICT). On 1 February 2015 the City Blueprint activities expanded in the Horizon 2020 BlueSCities project to do just that. As a result the City Blueprint framework has been reviewed and modified. Further work on governance will take place in the POWER project. New assessments with the improved framework have been made for nearly 60 municipalities and regions in more than 30 countries (see documents). The action group is  in close contact with the European innovation partnership on smart cities and communities. 

The City Blueprints team:

The project team is led by KWR Watercycle Research Institute and NetwercH2O and involves a wide range of knowledge providers, administrative bodies, networks and regional authorities for the development of the project: Fundació CTM Centre Tecnològic, Adventech, University of Utrecht - Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Siemens, ERRIN, Red Aragon 7 PM, ZINNAE, AMGA, PARAGON EUROPE, USBMA, REGIONE PUGLIA, ACQUEDOTTO PUGLIESE, AUTORITA’ IDRICA PUGLIESE;De Montfort University, Witteveen en Bos, Deltares, ENEA, REDINN, LEITAT, DEMOWARE CONSORTIUM, World Bank, The State of Israel.

City Blueprints Presentations:

A presentation of our action group has been given by Richard Elelman at the EIP Water conference in Brussels (2013). An overview of the City Blueprint activities has been recorded during the conference 'Water in a sustainable City' in Gothenburg (2014). An update of our activities has been presented at the EIP Water meeting in Leeuwarden (2016) by Richard Elelman, Stef Koop and Kees van Leeuwen.

 

Members

Mr. Fleischmann is part of the EIP Water...

Business Development Group ( BDGroup) is...

I am working in one of the main research centers...

Working as an official in the European Commission...

Rete Europea dell’Innovazione is a European...

General Administrator of the EIP System, which...

Cornelis Johannes (Kees) van Leeuwen, PhD is...

I am the Head of Public Administrations of the...

WATER TREATMENT TECHNOLOGIES Potential...

Pages

Documents

Public Documents: 

News

24th March 2017

The Project "Political and sOcial awareness on Water EnviRonmental challenges" (POWER) is funded by the EU under the H2020-ICT10c-2015 Call. The POWER consortium comprises a total of 12 Partners, including four research institutions dealing with environmental, social and governance issues, two...

31st January 2017

The Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) took place from 17-20 October 2016 in Quito in Ecuador, after previous meetings were held in Vancouver (Habitat I, 1976) and Istanbul (Habitat II, 1996). The conference addressed...

31st January 2017

Last year Stef Koop and I published a broad review on the challenges of water, waste and climate change in cities. Population growth and...

26th August 2015

Climate change and urbanization are among the most significant trends of the twenty-first century, affecting global natural resources such as water, economic development and human well-being. The growth of the world population will be absorbed by the cities. It is going faster than ever! The...

17th June 2015

Here is the article from Misagh Mottaghi (originally published on Swedish Water House website see SIWI, the Swedish Water House).

Swedish cities, including Malmö, will face...

3rd March 2015

In Novemeber Kees van Leeuwen reported on the latest state of the Action Group's work at the 'The Water in a Sustainable City' conference.

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