Conference EIP on Water
City Blueprints lead in strengthening sustainable urban water management
An innovative and sustained European effort is needed to deal with the challenges of urban water management in the continent’s cities. This issue is discussed by the almost 500 participants at the European Innovation Partnership on Water conference in Brussels.
‘City Blueprints’, one of nine initial multi-stakeholder Action Groups selected by EIP on Water, aims at sharing best practices between cities by organising a bottom-up response to overcome barriers in the water-related governance systems. A City Blueprint is the result of a transparent assessment of the sustainability of water management in a city. It engages citizens in water-related questions and provides them with insight into how their city compares with other leading cities around the globe. The methodology underlying the City Blueprint was developed by KWR. The City Blueprint is also available as Watershare®– tool.
Problem holders have to move
“Cities are highly dependent on other cities and on their hinterlands for the provision of various ecosystem services, including materials, energy, and waste treatment and disposal”, says Kees van Leeuwen, Principle Scientist at KWR. “Citizens and companies hold the keys to setting and achieving sustainability objectives, as reported in the European Green City Index. So, cities are the problem holders, but they are also expected to contribute to the solutions.” Richard Elelman, Head of Public Administrations at the Spanish knowledge institute Fundació CTM, says: “So far, around 25 cities/regions have participated, and many others have expressed an interest in collaborating. This is an encouraging sign for the longevity of the project.”
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