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Long-Term Ecosystem Research in Europe

2nd World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change

While cities make efforts to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and increase urban energy-efficiency, they are at the same time vulnerable. Climate change is already leading to an increased frequency of extreme weather events bringing floods, landslides and droughts while melting glaciers threaten the drinking water supply of large cities and sea-level rise imperils many coastal communities. Many of these climate change impacts will be – and in some cases already have been – felt directly at the local level. Local governments have a responsibility to protect their people, property, and resources. With the economies, livelihoods, safety and character of their communities at stake, cities are harnessing their visionary leadership and policy tools to increase resilience as they prepare for the future. But they must start planning now.
When 03 Jun, 2011 01:55 PM to
05 Jun, 2011 01:55 PM
Where Bonn, Germany
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Resilient Cities: the Global Forum

Resilient Cities is the global platform for learning, cooperation and networking on all aspects of urban resilience and adaptation to climate change. Resilient Cities is the place to be if you wish to:     

  • Secure the latest and most groundbreaking information on strategies carried out worldwide, presented by leading and authoritative experts

  • Showcase innovative solutions developed at the local level by your company / organisation

  • Interact directly with leading international organizations, local governments leaders and representatives of the private sector in order to strengthen your network of prospective partners

Description of program elements

Congress sections are composed of the different elements detailed below. Several sessions will be held in parallel, giving participants the opportunity to make an "à la carte" selection of the sessions that they wish to attend.

Strategy Dialogues

Strategy dialogues are a unique and interactive program feature casting a light on urgent worldwide issues. Among the themes selected this year are:

  • Urban design for resilience through water, food and energy security
  • Ecosystem services for urban resilience: The urgency of action

Renowned international experts and leaders of international organizations will be present. Participants will learn from their expertise and let their future projects be influenced by these positive learning experiences.

Reality Check Workshops

Reality Check Workshops are the flagship series of the Resilient Cities congress with three to four workshops, each an in-depth case study of the challenges faced and measures taken by a city attempting to adapt to climate change. More here.

City session stream

The city session stream will be an important feature of the congress sections: during each time slot allocated, participants will learn from the experiences of a great multitude of cities. Each city case will focus on the most significant example of the local strategy considered, which will provide in the end a patchwork of the most relevant strategies implemented worldwide.

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