Urban and metropolitan adaptation to Climate Change

Packed auditorium to discuss cities' action for climate change adaptation

Lille Metropole and different cities debated with some European experts on the theme of action by cities to adapt to the consequences of climate change in urban areas. This conference was organized at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels on 25 April within the framework of the "European Green Week" Partners events.

The views of all levels of governance in Europe have been expressed on this issue. Christiane Bouchard, Lille Metropole Vice-President in charge of Sustainable development, has presented Lille Metropole participative actions to design the new Climate and Energy Plan including concrete actions on Adaptation. Then the cities of Genoa and Antwerp have proposed their local vision of the subject; the representatives of the French and Dutch governments (respectively the Ministry of Ecological Transition and the Ministry of the Interior) have shown the issues at Member State level; Elena Visnar-Malinovska, Head of Unit "Adaptation" at the European Commission, presented the European vision and the role that the EU intends to take to support this adaptation. Finally, the entrepreneurial world also had the floor with Steven Beckers, director of BIGH that develop projects of circular economy (urban farms and aquapony).

Although all these levels have particular constraints, everyone has agreed on certain points that have reached consensus:

First, climate change in cities means mitigation and adaptation for all. Cities have their role to play in limiting the increase in temperatures due to greenhouse effects (mitigation - eg limiting urban heat islands) but they are especially at the forefront of developing local public policies to make climate change and its least harmful disasters possible (adaptation).

The speakers also agreed that this adaptation policy should not be constrained in a single sector but should be the subject of a transversal approach: all the directorates must take into account this need for adaptation to climate change when the development of each of their projects.

Finally, Elena Visnar-Malinovska was keen to highlight the actions that the European Commission supports: scientific and technological research, the fight against the intense urbanization of soils and especially the solutions based on nature. The Commission's vision also includes adaptation by the agricultural sector and wants to make access to European funds conditional on the development of climate risk management plans.


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Lille Metropole - Métropole Européenne de Lille

Organisation type:

Local or regional authority,


Brussels, Belgium

Event type:

Awareness-raising activity, Conference, Networking event, Peer-to-peer reviews and best practices sharing event,


25/04/2019 - 25/04/2019


Air quality, Circular economy, Citizen's engagement, Energy and climate, Governance, Quality of life, Nature and Biodiversity, Spatial planning, Waste, Water,

Target audience:

Local or regional authorities, NGOs, Business sector, Press/Media,

Contact details:

Email: asoumet@lillemetropole.fr
Phone: 33674796209