UrbanAdapt - Development of urban adaptation strategies using ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation

UrbanAdapt project aims to initiate and progress the process of urban adaptation strategies development, while proposing and evaluating suitable adaptation measures and actions with the support of ecosystem-based approaches in the three pilot cities in the Czech Republic (Prague, Brno, Pilsen). The intermediate goals of the project include climate change vulnerability assessment, identifying in collaboration with stakeholders relevant adaptation measures, evaluation of the preferred measures in terms of the costs and benefits, design and formulation of adaptation strategies for the three pilot cities and initiating steps for their implementation. The upcoming urban adaptation strategies are linked to the National Adaptation Strategy that is currently under preparation.
An important component of the UrbanAdapt project is incorporation of the "green and blue infrastructure" as well as ecosystem services into the adaptation cycle and individual adaptation measures and adaptation alternatives. The EU Adaptation strategy (2013) supports the ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation as cost-effective solutions that are easily accessible and provide a wide range of co-benefits such as flood risk reduction, reduction of soil erosion, improved water and air quality and decrease of the urban heat island effect.

UrbanAdapt project (EHP-CZ02-OV-1-036-2015) is supported by grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

Project is coordinated by Global Change Research Centre AS CR, Department of Human Dimension of Global Change.

Project partners:
Institute for Sustainability Studies, University of Iceland
Urban Planning and Development Institute of the City of Pilsen,
Institute of Planning and City Development of the City of Prague
CI2, o.p.s.
Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Transportation Sciences
Environmental Partnership Foundation
Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem, Faculty of Social and Economic Studies