"Water in the City - new smart solutions for new challenges", Oldenburg 2017 March 16th
The Workshop “Water in the City: new smart solutions for new challenges”, that’s part of the INTERREG A-project “Shaping the Future of Smart Regions North” will take place 2017 March 16th in the Schlaues Haus in Oldenburg. Experts from Northern Germany and Netherlands from the areas of economics, research and administration will discuss the challenges that are faced in urban and regional planning and work on developing solutions and their application.
Water plays an increasingly important role within the elements of urban development and design. The effects of climate change become more obvious: precipitation patterns are changing and the amount and intensity of extreme weather phenomena increase. This put additional pressure on local wastewater, sewage and drainage systems both within urban and rural areas.
Urban planning, drainage boards, water providers and sewage and drainage providers, as well as private property owners face new challenges. Especially in cities where an increasing development pressure leads to even more concentrated building density, open and green spaces begin to vanish. However these are imperative for the absorption of waste water.
How can a city or region shape its future to be able to face new challenges with smart technologies, in an innovative way and remain adaptable to sudden changes? The answer can only be found if one does not merely look at technological or engineering solutions, but looks further, taking into account institutional reforms, behavioural modification and new funding opportunities. Additionally intelligent cross-sectoring between water and energy providers reveals new possibilities. Important to all approaches remains the active integration of the relevant local and regional stakeholders when developing and putting into action new solutions.
These challenges will be discussed amongst German and Dutch experts, who will then work together to help provide solutions for these issues. Specifically: Which problems faced by the cities represented are particularly important? Which innovative solutions exist? Are there best practise examples and what makes them exceptional? How can such solutions successfully be introduced into practise?
The results of the workshop can provide the basis for further cross-border cooperation within the field of research.
Date: 2017 March 16th
Time: 10:00-16:30 h
Location: Oldenburg, Schlaues Haus
Schloßplatz 16, D-26122 Oldenburg
Special: Excursion to the special exhibition at the Landesmuseum Natur und Mensch: Alle Wetter!
Moderation: apl. Prof. Dr. Ulrich Scheele
Language: German, english optional
The participation is free of charge.
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