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1st EIP Water Conference: City Blueprints 21 Nov 2013

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Aspects of Urban Water Cycle Services UWCS are divided into eight broad categories: 1. water security, 2. water quality, 3. drinking water, 4. sanitation, 5. Infrastructures, 6. climate resilience, 7. biodiversity and 8. attractiveness and governance
A City Blueprint looks at all of them.

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1st EIP Water Conference: City Blueprints 21 Nov 2013

  1. 1. EIP Water Action Group CITY BLUEPRINTS Improving Implementation Capacities of Cities and Regions by sharing best practices on Urban Water Cycle Services 21 November 2013 EU Parliament, Brussels
  2. 2. Introduction: Improving the capability of cities and regions by sharing best practices in urban water cycle services City Blueprints is a baseline assessment of the sustainability of water management in a city (or other predominantly urban region). The result allows a city to quickly understand how much it progresses in sustainable water management and to compare its situation with other local administrations around the World. CITY BLUEPRINTS
  3. 3. Created by Kees van Leeuwen at the KWR Watercycle Research Institute, the City Blueprint covers 24 aspects of UWCS divided into eight broad categories: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. water security water quality drinking water Sanitation Infrastructures climate resilience biodiversity and attractiveness and governance There are no direct costs involved. On average, answering the questionnaire signifies 1-2 days work by a municipal technician. The questionnaire is supervised by an independent technical expert who analyses the answers, generates the webgraph and prepares a report.
  4. 4. Process and Approach Participation in City Blueprint represents no political commitment by the local authority in question. However, the concept has been created to encourage all participants to engage local stakeholders in a long-term vision, involve citizens in the implementation of financially - practical measures and seek the participation of local SME’s etc. This helps converting the City Blueprint project into a catalyst of communication, cooperation and economic development between cities, towns and villages, each with their own bureaucratic and geographical idiosyncrasies. CITY BLUEPRINTS
  5. 5. The challenge: to think globally, and act locally – Next steps 1. The participating cities must be prepared to adopt a bottom-up approach in order to ensure public awareness. This will result in local consensus and political continuity. 2. A city blueprint website will be established so that cities will be able to communicate and see that their work is publically recognised. This process of recognition will be reinforced by the creation of the city blueprint atlas and the blue city award. 3. Blue city labelling whereby good practice is publicized will be implemented and thus facilitate the incorporation of local business and technology into the process 4. The principal condition in order to obtain the expected results is continuity once the city has received its webgraph and the conviction of both, the action group stakeholders and participating cities. This will only be achieved by providing early practical and, above all, visual results which will benefit both the City Blueprint AG and the local communities it is working with. CITY BLUEPRINTS
  6. 6. PARTNERS OF CITY BLUEPRINTS NETWERC H2O (EU) – KWR WATER CYCLE RESEARCH INSTITUTE (THE NETHERLANDS) – FUNDACIÓ CTM CENTRE TECNOLOGIC (SPAIN) - ADVENTECH (PORTUGAL) – COPERNICUS INSTITUTE OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (UNIVERSITY OF UTRECHT) – SIEMENS (THE NETHERLANDS) – ERRIN (EU) – RED ARAGON 7 PM (SPAIN) – ZINNAE (SPAIN) – AMGA (ITALY) – PARAGON EUROPE (MALTA) – USBMA (MOROCCO) – REGIONE PUGLIA (ITALY) – ACQUEDOTTO PUGLIESE (ITALY) – AUTORITA’ IDRICA PUGLIESE (ITALY) – DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY (UNITED KINGDOM) –WITTEVEEN EN BOS (THE NETHERLANDS) – DELTARES (THE NETHERLANDS) – ENEA (ITALY) – REDINN (ITALY) - LEITAT (SPAIN) – DEMOWARE CONSORTIUM (EU) – WORLD BANK (THE USA) – REGIONE TOSCANA (ITALY) – MINISTRY OF ENERGY AND WATER (STATE OF ISRAEL) – EASTON WATER CONSULTING (BELGIUM) STRANE INNOVATION (FRANCE) Find out more on www.eip-water.eu/working-groups/city-blueprints-improvingimplementation-capacities-cities-and-regions

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