9th RAMSES newsletter

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Welcome to the ninth RAMSES Newsletter!


Launch of on-urban-resilience.eu guidance tool

On urban resilience - expert thoughts on the urban adaptation challenge

How to handle heavy precipitation and prevent flooded houses in urban quarters? How to fight the urban heat island effect in summer? How to make a city climate resilient? Climate impacts add to the many stressors cities are already exposed and infrastructure and the urban population are highly vulnerable to these impacts.

On the other hand, cities are also at the forefront of responding to the climate change challenge. By transforming their infrastructure, the way their systems function, or by the people changing their behaviour. This encompasses more than reducing emissions and adapting to the impacts, it is the progressive process of building a resilient city.

A lot of people have been thinking about how to get there and many city practitioners have been implementing solutions. The RAMSES partner Climate Media Factory has asked these experts to share their insights and lessons learnt. The result is a unique resource for municipalities:


By connecting more than 100 short film sequences from interviews with scientists, city and adaptation experts from the public and the private sector and best practice examples from well-chosen adaptation practitioners, the interactive guidance tool “On Urban Resilience” presents a broad range of policy relevant scientific information, perspectives, knowledge bites, and experiences. This enables an intuitive and flexible access to the main ingredients of the urban resilience discussion and helps policy makers and city stakeholders to assess climate change impacts in general and on concrete strategies and measures for their cities in particular.


The tool offers the opportunity to follow a preselected pathway which is structured around issues like flood, heat, health, social adaptation policies, political commitment, from understanding to action, or implementation. A search function and an overview mind map alternatively allow for choosing individual entry points and diving into special topics. So the guidance caters for individual needs with respect to interest and level of knowledge of the user.



Europe The work leading to these results has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme under Grant Agreement No. 308497
Project RAMSES - Reconciling Adaptation, Mitigation and Sustainable Development for Cities.