climate

Despite efforts to limit the impact of climate change, it is clear that global warming cannot be completely avoided. Rising sea levels, extreme weather phenomena with heavier rainfall and wind, more floods and more droughts will be a reality to which Europe will need to adapt.

Cities are a particular case for climate adaptation. They have a high population density, with 75% of Europe’s population living in cities. They will also have to deal with specific issues, such as urban ‘heat island’ effects and exacerbated risk of flooding due to less permeable surfaces.

While cities may have common issues, each needs to find its own strategy that takes into account many different factors: geographical situations and climatic conditions vary widely, as do the population and historical makeup of cities. The development of new neighbourhoods will also have to take into account climate adaptation.

We are well aware of the challenge. A number of our member cities already have climate adaptation strategies in place that involve relevant policies and issues, including water management, green infrastructure for climate adaptation, and many more.

We support the exchange of best practice between more advanced cities and cities that do not yet have a complete strategy. We also help coordinate adaptation strategies at different levels of government by giving cities a channel to the EU institutions.

Following input to the European Commission’s white paper on climate adaptation, we have participated in initiatives such as the European Commission’s adaptation steering group and the ClimSave FP7 stakeholder panel on climate adaptation.

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start date: 04-03-2020
end date: 04-03-2020

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Influencing innovation across Europe

Are you following the EUROCITIES campaign, '100 days, 100 ways'? Read on to discover examples of innovation from cities across Europe.

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publication date: 17-01-2020

  •  cooperation
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EU-China cooperation for inclusive and sustainable development

The creation of socially integrative and inclusive cities should become a cornerstone of EU-China cooperation on sustainability. sustainable urban development and the elaboration of comprehensive strategies for socially integrative and inclusive cities should be placed as a permanent topic on the agenda of EU-China policy dialogues.

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publication date: 15-01-2020

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CIVITAS Study Visit - Bratislava - Apply now!

The Slovak capital is striving to support and promote car-independent lifestyles to its citizens and put pedestrians and cyclists first.

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start date: 05-10-2020
end date: 07-10-2020

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CIVITAS Study Visit - Vinnystia - Apply now!

In recent times, the city of Vinnytsia has made significant progress in realising sustainable urban mobility principles, whilst strongly fostering participatory practices. Its public transport systems is one of the best in Ukraine.

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start date: 24-06-2020
end date: 26-06-2020

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start date: 12-02-2020
end date: 14-02-2020

  •  culture
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Next generation CityChangers wanted!

The Urban Future Global Conference, which gathers City Changers from across the world, is fast approaching!

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publication date: 15-12-2019

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Cities leading the way on climate action

Cities are climate leaders. 64% of EUROCITIES members have already committed to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. Among them, 12 cities have even committed to reach neutrality before 2040. And climate mitigation is only one side of the coin; 87.5% of our cities have adopted climate adaptation strategies to adapt to the impact of climate change and to protect their citizens.

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publication date: 10-12-2019

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Cities pledge to beat EU targets on climate emissions

Cities are showing leadership on climate and demanding European level action on the eve of the publication of the Communication on the European Green Deal tomorrow.

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publication date: 10-12-2019

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publication date: 09-12-2019