Friday 13th March 2009 - 3:10pm
Scientists at a climate change summit held in Copenhagen this week presented new research which estimated that sea level could rise more than a metre by 2100. The implications of this could be severe and the TCPA is calling on local and regional government across Europe to develop comprehensive climate change adaptation strategies to help protect vulnerable coastal communities.
Through the TCPA-led project Green and Blue Space Adaptation for Urban Areas and Eco Towns (GRaBS) the 14 project partners representing eight member states will raise awareness and increase the expertise of how green and blue infrastructure can help new and existing mixed use urban development adapt to projected climate scenarios such as considerable sea level rise.
GRaBS Project Manager Diane Smith said:
“The implications of sea level rise will have significant implications for a number of the GRaBS partners, including the low-lying Amsterdam City District of Geuzenveld-Slotermeer, and coastal partners Southampton City Council and the City of Malmo in Sweden. We will be working closely with our partner in Lithuania, the Klaipeda University Coastal Research and Planning Institute, to assess the risk and vulnerabilities of sea level rise across Europe and develop adaptation action plans.”
In April the TCPA is running a study visit the cities of Malmo and Stockholm in Sweden via Copenhagen in Denmark, to provide the opportunity to meet the planners, officers, politicians and residents who are working together to tackle a variety of environmental and social issues; many of those similar to the ones facing communities here in the UK.
Diane Smith added:
“By sharing best practice and advancing the knowledge and expertise of partner staff across Europe we aim to help regional and local municipalities, decision makers, politicians and communities, to make a more informed and strategic response to climate change adaptation.”
“The TCPA study tour will look at why Sweden is leading the way in sustainable development and how we can learn from, and build upon, their experiences to ensure equally successful models of sustainability in the UK.”
The study tour will focus on best practice examples of sustainable development across a range of aspects including housing, transport, green space, renewable energy and waste water usage. For further information visit: http://www.tcpa.org.uk/events.asp