CITY BLUEPRINT Action Group
Work carried out by Siemens on the Green City Index has shown the challenges we face in cities and how important it is to involve the civil society and private parties to create success. The EU project TRUST (Transitions to the Urban Water Services of Tomorrow; http://www.trust-i.net/index.php) also demonstrated that cities and regions can improve their UWCS quickly and significantly if they are willing to share their best practices among each other and how important it is to further involve the civil society and companies to tackle the problems.
Over the last years, the project team has developed a process, a method and an IT tool to provide a City Blueprint as baseline assessment for the sustainability of UWCS of cities and regions. Details about the methodology and first results from 11 cities can be found here. What needs to be done in the frame of this EIP Water Action Group is to develop and implement further initiatives: (a) by creating awareness among potential partners (cities and regions), (b) by networking, (c) by sharing best UWCS practices among cities, and by (d) further development of tools that can facilitate implementation, such as a simple UWCS cost- benefit tool to allow cities and regions to provide their own solutions to the urban water challenges ahead. On 1 February 2015 the City Blueprint activities will be expanded in the Horizon 2020 BlueSCities project (description and letters of support are given below).
The Action Group organises interventions at the local level to overcome barriers in the water related governance systems that hinder the development and uptake of innovations in municipal water management.
More transparent governance and communication on urban water management options and technologies will enable a more rapid introduction of state-of-the-art technologies and will further improve the involvement of the civil society and the private sector in cities and would strengthen the collaboration between cities.City Blueprints will establish a network (learning alliance) of European cities to share their best practices on Urban Water Cycle Services (UWCS) in their effort for a transition towards improving the sustainability of the UWCS of their city/municipality/region. Innovation in water governance may enable and accelerate the application of state-of-the-art UWCS technology. In addition, the Action Group will drive bringing innovative models of water governance, aligned with technical innovations, to the market.
The project team is led by NetwercH2O and KWR Watercycle Research Institute and involves a wide range of knowledge providers, administrative bodies, networks and regional authorities for the development of the project:
Fundació CTM Centre Tecnològic, Adventech, University of Utrecht - Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Siemens, ERRIN, Red Aragon 7 PM, ZINNAE, AMGA, PARAGON EUROPE, USBMA, REGIONE PUGLIA, ACQUEDOTTO PUGLIESE, AUTORITA’ IDRICA PUGLIESE, De Montfort University, Witteveen en Bos, Deltares, ENEA, REDINN, LEITAT, DEMOWARE CONSORTIUM, World Bank, The State of Israel.
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