REACHOUT project proposal selected by EU

Fantastic news! Together with Deltares we submitted a large project proposal in January to the EU H2020 Green deal call. This REACHOUT proposal has now been selected.

The subject of the project is Developing end-user products and services for all stakeholders and citizens supporting climate adaptation and mitigation. This € 5 million project will run for 3.5 years. It will probably start on 1 October. Besides Deltares and CAS, the consortium consists of the following Dutch partners: SWECO, IVM (VU), Resilient City Network, C40 Cities and pension fund APG. The other partners are Technalia (Spain), Ecologic (Germany), Sendszimir Foundation (Poland), University College Cork (Ireland), NGI (Norway) and CMCC (Italy). Six European municipalities are also participating: Cork, Lillestrom, Milan, Gdynia, Logroño and Athens.

Aim of the project
With REACHOUT we want to contribute to ‘climate resilient urban development pathways’: the development of resilient, climate neutral and adaptive cities. To achieve this we want to develop a ‘Triple-A-toolbox’ in seven City Hubs: six municipalities and one pension fund. These City Hubs serve as a driver for further use in the region and in the cities affiliated with Resilient City Network and C40 Cities. In the Netherlands we won’t focus on a municipality, but we will investigate with pension fund APG how tools and data can support the development of climate resilient investments in the financial sector.

Ad Jeuken (Deltares) and Hasse Goosen (CAS): “We expect that with this project we can translate the successful Dutch stress test approach for cities to other countries. At the same time, we can also gain a lot of knowledge in the other countries. And by changing the frame from what we don’t want (climate risks) to what we do want (climate-adaptive cities), we think the enthusiasm for adaptation and the need for tools and data will increase.”

Triple-A Approach
The Triple-A approach is inspired by the first three ambitions from the Dutch Delta Plan for Spatial Adaptation: ‘visualize vulnerability’ (stress test), ‘conduct risk dialogue and formulate strategy’ and ‘draw up implementation agenda’. These ambitions have been translated into the following three-stage approach:

  • Analysis: where are the climate vulnerabilities and what are the climate risks?
  • Ambition: what has priority and what do we want to achieve?
  • Action: how do we want to achieve this, by which measures?

Data service platforms
In order to make analyses and enable decision-making in the City Hubs, we will use different national, regional and European data service platforms. Some of the European data service platforms have not yet been used much, despite offering a valuable source of data.

Toolbox
The steps in the Triple-A approach will be supported by several tools. These tools must make the connection between user and data. The tools will be tested throughout the project and further developed in the seven City Hubs. We start as much as possible from existing tools, which are often the result of earlier EU projects. Ultimately, we develop a so-called Triple-A toolbox. This is the most important product of the project.

Scaling up
The results from the pilots in the City Hubs will be scaled up to various European cities that are part of the C40 Cities and Resilient City networks. In this way, we hope that other cities in Europe will adopt the Triple-A approach. In addition, the data platforms Copernicus and GEOSS, and EU institutions such as JRC and EEA will be closely involved in the scaling up.

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