In the context of the UfM Strategic Urban Development Action Plan 2040, UfM Member States are advised to map trends, risks and challenges with a view to factoring them in their national urban policies (NUPs) and integrated city development strategies (ICDSs).
The meeting was a first step to this end, and it proposed to a first common reflection of how urban projects should take into account coastal flooding and sea-level rise, using adaptation measures such as the promotion of nature-based solutions.
The meeting, which was co-organized with UN-Habitat, was mainly addressed to UfM focal points for urban regeneration and public authorities in charge of urban projects in UfM Member States.
During this meeting one of the MedECC Coordinators, Prof. Dr Wolfgang Cramer, presented the overview of the coastal risks in the Mediterranean region.
11:00 – 11:05 : Welcoming address
11:05 – 11:15 : Going under: Why cities need to think, plan and build differently to combat climate disasters? Shipra Narang Suri, UN-Habitat, Chief, Urban Practices Branch, Global Solutions Division
11:15 – 11:25: Water as leverage for resilient cities, Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs for the Kingdom of the Netherlands
11:25 – 11:35: Mediterranean Coastal Risks, Wolfgang Cramer (CNRS, France, Mediterranean Institute for terrestrial and marine Biodiversity and Ecology (IMBE)/ MedECC)
11:35 – 11:45 : Case Study: Copenhagen, Denmark, Lykke Leonardsen, City of Copenhagen
11:45 – 11:55: Case Study: Alexandria, Egypt
11:55 – 12:25: Panel discussion Moderated by Carola Hein, TU Delft
12:25 – 12:30: Conclusion