Development of Urban Adaptation Plans for cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants in Poland

44 Polish cities, in cooperation with the Ministry of the Environment, participate in the project aimed at adapting them to the observed and prognosed climate changes.

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The third series of workshops has ended

The third series of workshops in partner cities of the Ministry of the Environment project has come ton an end. Experts together with members of Municipal Teams and representatives of city services and institutions (responsible for i.e. water management, security, public transportation and health), local government institutions, scientific communities and local organizations representing residents have been consulting proposals for options for adaptation activities for individual cities.

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Workshops lasted from March 2018 to the end of May 2018. In total. 848 representatives of Municipal Teams and stakeholders participated in them.

Experts together with specialists from municipal offices prepared proposals for adaptation activities. They will serve as a tool to adapt cities to changing climate conditions and observed increase in the occurrence of extreme weather events.

Representative of the Ministry of the Environment, Szymon Tumielewicz (Department of Sustainable Development and International Cooperation) emphasized at the workshop in Siemianowice, that adaptation activities must be adjusted to the city’s specific conditions, which is why the partitipation of representatives of local institutions and residents plays such an important role in setting the adaptation plan.

As a result of workshop, three sets of proposals for technical, organizational and educational-promotional activities (three adaptation options) were prepared in each city – says Barbara Rajkowska,  project manager. – Activities were selected from a special catalog, that was supplemented with activities resulting from the identification of threats, specific for a given city. For each hazard identified, three adaptation options were proposed, which in the next stage were subjected to multi-criteria analysis.

Each adaptation option is a package of actions that can be implemented from the organizational and financial point of view of the city. It is worth noting that many projects are being implemented in cities, both aimed at mitigating climate change as well as adaptation, and their common denominator is the broadly understood improvement of the quality of life in the city.

Good examples are Łódź, Bydgoszcz, Gdańsk, Kraków, Katowice or Wrocław. In these cities pocket parks, woonerfs, water playgrounds or flower meadows have already been created. Organizational activities are also introduced, such as ‘Catalog of Good Practices – the principles of sustainable management of rainwater coming from the paving of road lanes’ from the city of Wrocław. In the catalog authors present solutions useful for planners, designers and officials. An interesting guide was prepared in Bydgoszcz, which shows examples of how the city and its inhabitants can manage rainwater. The publication can be a support for people who want to be involved in adaptation activities.

In Wrocław, the Grow Green project is being implemented in which catalog of demonstrative solutions providing shelter against heat, improving air quality and enabling use of rainwater is created. These examples of solutions are pocket parks, green walls and streets.

We are grateful to all participants of workshops for their cooperation and commitment – says Barbara Rajkowska. – On behalf of experts, I would like to thank you for your kindness, openness and valuable remarks that help us better prepare urban plans for adapting to climate change.

Activities indicated at workshops will be subject to a cost-benefit analysis. The most effective actions selected will be included in the strategic documents – Adaptation Plans for climate change.

 

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