The expected trend changes and amplified extreme weather events change the natural hazard profile in many areas of the world including those where the majority of the world’s population resides: in cities. But we can turn these dangers into new challenges for the cities’ development. What is the purpose of ubiquitous greenery planting? Why should parks and gardens be set up on houses’ roofs? How does the climate affect the organization of public spaces? At this lecture the founder of the Flood Resilience Group at UNESCO-IHE William Veerbeek will tell, how to use innovative methods in public spaces planning to make the city comfortable and safe, considering the mutual influence of climate change and the urban environment on each other.
The impact of urban agglomerations on the water cycle and subsequent risk in many cases exceeds effects caused by future climate change. In order to keep our future cities livable and avoid a global water crisis, we have to rethink the way cities manage resources. What that could actually mean will be illustrated at this lecture by examples from one of the frontrunner cities in this domain: Rotterdam, Netherlands. Finally though, the question rises if Russian cities should attempt to transition to water sensitive cities, and more importantly: do they have the potential to do so.
William Veerbeek is one of the founders of the Flood Resilience Group at UNESCO-IHE, Institute for Water Education in Delft, The Netherlands. Coming originally from the domain of architecture and planning, he moved towards the domain of climate adaptation and long term strategic development. William has a wide experience in flood adaptation of urban areas in The Netherlands as well as internationally. Strengthening UNESCO-IHE’s mission in capacity development, William has been training many cities in climate adaptation.