Preliminary programme Delta conference online
The conference ‘Delta in Times of Climate Change II’ offers an exciting programme with a plenary opening with renowned speakers and spread over three days more than 100 parallel sessions. Sessions that are interesting for scientists, practitioners and politicians working on climate change adaptation. During the conference there will be plenty of time to meet interesting people from all around the world and extend one’s network. The preliminary programme is online!
Rotterdam: continue to invest in the protection of delta and fresh water
The Steering Committee (SC) for the Rijnmond-Drechtsteden Region Delta Programme are investigating the long term flood risk of the region, how to continue to protect their residents and that plenty of fresh water will remain available during disasters. This marks the transition to a new phase, in which the parties of the SC are actively working to improve the area. Since the construction of the Delta Works, this region has been regarded as the best protected Delta in the world. However, as the SC explain, this is contingent on the continued investment in the region to improve existing levees, dikes and flood defenses. To read the article in Dutch, please click here.Read more
New York selects designs from Rotterdam for prestigious water projects
Yesterday, United States Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced the winners of the global ‘Rebuild by Design’ competition. In this competition, companies were asked to find urban planning solutions to the growing threat of sea-level rise and hurricanes to New York and New Jersey. The knowledge Rotterdam has accumulated on adaptation strategies certainly pays off; among the winners are a few highly innovative and ambitious Rotterdam-based companies.Read more
Rotterdam proclaimed Smart City 2014
Rotterdam has been declared one of the Smart Cities 2014. The New Economy Smart Cities Awards are presented to twenty cities around the world that profile themselves as 'cities of the future' in the field of sustainable development. The New Economy praises Rotterdam for the way in which the city is taking appropriate precautions against climate change and is working on its image as the most sustainable seaport in the world.
Conference Deltas in Times of Climate Change II: registration is open now
Floods in Bangkok and the Thames delta, salt intrusion in Egypt and Bangladesh: these are just some examples of rising risks to deltas and delta cities driven by climate change. Action is required now. Exchanging scientific knowledge, lessons learned and best practices is vital. This conference will make that happen.Read more