LIFE programme gathering on urban resilience

March 27, 2014

Pgm2014 2020: Yes

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Urban resilience is the ability of an urban territory/community to resist, absorb, accommodate and recover from hazards to which it is exposed, for example climate change, natural disasters, economic hardship and social poverty.

This LIFE Platform Meeting will be hosted by the R-Urban project (LIFE10 ENV/FR/000215) at the Agrocité unit in Colombes, France. The meeting has two main objectives: firstly, to bring together practitioners from all over Europe to discuss urban resilience challenges and to share and benefit from the experiences of completed and ongoing LIFE projects in this field; and, secondly, to make recommendations for the LIFE programme and the European Commission as to how they could support this topic. The meeting will feature workshops on the following themes:

– Workshop 1: Infrastructure and planning: The debate will focus on large-scale resilience, urban planning and green/blue infrastructure.

– Workshop 2: Waste management, recycling, reuse: The session will address issues of waste management and recycling at different scales (local, regional, national etc.) and their contribution to increased territorial resilience.

– Workshop 3: Resource management and closed circuits: This session will focus on issues related to the management of natural resources and renewable energy production in an urban context.

These workshops will be followed by a debate on cross-cutting issues, which will be divided into two sessions: one on the participatory approaches and local governance of resilient projects; and one looking at ways of increasing resilient strategies for territories.

Later in the afternoon, the Platform Meeting will also provide an opportunity to visit the host project’s RecycLab, a unit that has been developed to promote urban recycling and provide support for cultural and educational activities around ecological themes.

The R-URBAN project aims to demonstrate that networks of active citizens and associations can create alternative models of production and consumption through the introduction of sustainable collective environmental practices that respond to the needs of modern cities. R-Urban is a bottom-up strategy that will increase the ecological resilience of Colombes following the principles of: recycle, re-use, repair, re-think. Its ultimate goal is to deliver social, environmental and economic benefits in sustainable ways that respect the local culture and traditions.