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System Requirement Specification and System Design Documents

Requirement elicitation and system design (Deliverable 23.1, DESSIN)
The overall goal of the DESSIN ESS software system is to support users implementing the DESSIN ESS evaluation framework and sustainability assessment. This document describes how the software should do this, from the end-user perspective. The document is organized into so-called "user stories". Each user story describes a task that a user would like the software to perform, and explains why performing the task provides value to the user. The users stories are organized into "epics", which are groups of similar stories. Most of the user stories are written from the perspective of an evaluation lead carrying out an ESS assessment, as this was thought to be the most likely user of the system. The software framework presented here was developed by DHI, ECOLOGIC, SINTEF, and IWW in collaboration with the DESSIN user group, which consists of the demo site representatives who will be the end users of the software.Read more

Transatlantic Perspectives on Integrating Climate Mitigation and Adaptation in Cities

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18 November 2016
Marrakech
Morocco
On 18 November 2016, the ELEEP Network and the POCACITO project hosted an official COP 22 side event in Marrakech on the topic "Transatlantic Perspectives on Integrating Climate Mitigation and Adaptation in Cities".Read more

Regional and Local Adaptation in the EU since the Adoption of the EU Adaptation Strategy in 2013

The report analysed the impact of the EU Adaptation Strategy in 2013 on the development of national, regional and local adaptation strategies in the Member States. For the report, the authors of Ecologic Institute, ICLEI und UCL analysed national, regional and local adaptation policies. The analyses included interviews with two regional governments and a survey to signatories of the initiative MayorsAdapt. The report is available for download.Read more

Nature Based Urban Innovation (NATURVATION)

November 2016 to October 2020

Nature is important for the urban environment: trees grant shade during the summer months, while parks and lakes function as areas for relaxation, as places where the urban population comes together, and as space where children can experience nature and learn about it in an active way. Furthermore, the wellbeing of the urban population thrives under the benefits of nature, which include an extensive list of ecological benefits. These include, for example, climate change mitigation and a pleasant urban climate. Ecologic Institute is part of the European research project NATURVATION, which analyses nature-based solutions in urban areas.

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Rivers and Lakes in European Cities

Past and Future Challenges
In recent decades, and after a gradual improvement in water quality due to wastewater treatment and reduced industrial activities, urban rivers and lakes have become increasingly important in the planning of urban ecology, green infrastructure, green areas and climate change adaptation in European cities. According to a new EEA report, new initiatives for integrated water management in urban areas contribute to making cities greener and more sustainable. Read more

Governance Regime Factors Conducive to Innovation Uptake in Urban Water Management

Experiences from Europe
Innovative ways to manage the urban water cycle are required to deal with an ageing drinking and waste water infrastructure and new societal imperatives. This paper examines the influence of water governance in enabling transformations and technological innovation uptake in urban water management. A governance assessment framework is developed and applied in three case-studies, examining different scales and types of innovations used to tackle challenges in European urban water management. The methodology combines documentary analysis and interviews to reconstruct historical storylines of the shift in the water governance of urban water management for each site. The research provides detailed empirical observations on the factors conducive to innovation uptake at the local level. Critical governance factors such as commitment to compromise, the necessity to build political support, and the role of "entrepreneurs" and coalitions are highlighted. The paper also explores the role of discursive strategies and partnership design, as well as that of regulative, economic and communicative instruments, in creating barriers and opportunities to initiate and secure change. A number of recommendations targeted at innovators and water managers are presented in the conclusion.Read more

Post Carbon Cities of Tomorrow – Making Together a Long Term Vision a Reality

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21 October 2016
Brussels
Belgium
The final conference of the project "Post-carbon cities of tomorrow" (POCACITO) led by Ecologic Institute, will take place on Friday, 21 October 2016 in Brussels. At the interactive conference we will present our experience in developing long-term strategies with stake-holders through visioning and backcasting workshops and other results of the project, such as a high level document or 'roadmap' to achieve livable post-carbon cities by 2050. Registration is now open!Read more

Nature, Joy and the 21st Century City

October 2016
On the occasion of the US release of Michael McCarthy's "The Moth Snowstorm" on 3 October 2016, NYU Washington, DC, the Ecologic Institute and the New York Review of Books hosted a reading and discussion on joy, nature and the 21st-century city with Michael McCarthy, three-time Environment Journalist of the Year in the UK and author of The Moth Snowstorm, with special guests Jann Rosen-Queralt, artist and art instructor at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA); and Dr. Sabine O'Hara, Dean of CAUSES (College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability & Environmental Sciences) at University of the District of Columbia. Brendan O’Donnell moderated the evening.Read more

The DESSIN ESS Evaluation Framework

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15 September 2016
Berlin
Germany
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The framework and a practical example of its application were presented by Gerardo Anzaldua (Ecologic Institute), who led the working group developing the framework, and Nadine Gerner (Emschergenossenschaft), who led the application of the framework on three case study sites in a webinar on 15. September. The webinar includes an ample Q&A session with an extended group of members from the framework development team and lasted over an hour. You also can download the Power Point presentation that was used for the webinar.Read more

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Barriers and Success Factors to Ecosystem-based Adaptation within a German Context

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17 August 2016
Bonn
Germany
On 17 August 2016, McKenna Davis, Fellow at Ecologic Institute, held a presentation on "Barriers and Success Factors for cooperation under Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA)" for the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) in Bonn. The results presented came from a study commissioned by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN). Both the presentation and original study are available for download.Read more

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