LAUNCH OF RESCCUE, EUROPE’S FIRST MAJOR INNOVATION PROJECT IN URBAN RESILIENCE, LED BY SUEZ
10 June 2016
The European project RESCCUE formally began in May with a launch meeting at the Can Serra facilities (Cornellà de Llobregat, Barcelona). More than 60 attendees from seven different countries, representing 18 partners, along with members of the Project Advisory Board (CAP) and the EASME-European Commission (EC) and institutional representatives came together for the first time to design a shared vision for the project and discuss planned activities and first steps.
The aim of RESCCUE (Resilience to face climate change in urban areas – a multisector approach focused on the world of water) is to provide end users with practical and innovative models and tools to overcome the challenges posed by climate change and build more resilient cities. The project will create tools for urban resilience based on a multisector approach, for current and future climate change scenarios and including multiple risks. This holistic approach to urban resilience will allow city managers and operators to choose the best investments with which to face future situations.
The project is led by Aquatec (SUEZ Water Advanced Solutions) and the consortium comprises the UN agency UN-Habitat, the three councils from the cities in the case study (Barcelona, Lisbon and Bristol), other large urban utilities providers (Endesa, Energía de Portugal, Águas de Portugal and SUEZ Advanced Solutions UK), research centres (Cetaqua, IFC, LNEC and IREC), universities (Exeter and EIVP) and SMEs (Opticits, Hidra and UrbanDNA).
RESCCUE is a four-year project with a budget of 8 million euros, co-funded by Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, under subsidy agreement No. 700174.
At the meeting marking the start of the project, besides presentations and technical descriptions from partners, representatives from each of the three cities (Barcelona, Lisbon and Bristol) as well as members of the Project Advisory Board, the EASME-EC and UN-Habitat also spoke. There was also an interactive team-building activity that encouraged participants to work together and creatively resolve different situations.
Furthermore, as part of the activities related with the RESCCUE project, at the Ciutat de l'Aigua CREA centre, a conference was also held on reducing the risk of disasters to improve urban resilience, run by the director of Virginian Tech's Disaster Risk Reduction Program, Dr Frederick Krimgold.
Watch the interview with Frederick Krimgold in the following video: