Climate Adaptation Mainstreaming through Innovation

Background and Aim

CAMINO aimed to: 

  • Reconcile economic growth and climate adaptation in the North Sea Region through identification of innovative governance structures and business cases that support mainstreaming climate adaptation in local investment projects and product/service development
  • Bring together results of MARE, SKINT, SAWA (all NSR), FRC (NWE) and BaltCica (BSR) and enrich existing public-private partnerships to support and accelerate the implementation of over 10 innovative cases in urban and business development. In collaboration with (inter)national policy makers and think tanks, the approaches and instruments underlying these cases were synthesised into a Future Perspectives vision for local authorities to drive forward both investment and adaptation.

Interreg IVB North Sea Region Programme has in its Priority 2 supported many projects that develop partnerships, tools and strategies for local adaptation to flood risk. Local authorities in MARE, SAWA, SKINT developed such plans successfully. When moving to implementation, however, many independently ran into similar barriers. Largely due to austerity measures, single-purpose climate adaptation projects were halted. Examples are Sheffield 's Flood Alleviation programme, Dordrecht's dike reinforcement or Noorderkwartier's sewerage decoupling plan.

This put at risk ambitions to improve the region's adaptation to climate change. Nearly all local authorities across the North Sea Region will face this problem in years to come.

These circumstances however lead CAMINO partners to look for new, innovative ways to deliver their projects. Emerging initiatives included novel governance arrangements that allowed sharing of infrastructure investments and the benefits, or open up procurement to novel technologies, or simply explicitly link climate adaptation projects with a business development objective. Matching new partnerships were formed, both public-public and public-private.

For example, Sheffield approached local businesses to co-finance flood alleviation measures for their industry estates. Dordrecht used new cost-benefit analysis tools to propose 4 authorities to consider joint investment in a dike, and it created areas where private developers can demonstrate innovative, attractive climate adaptive buildings or flood-proof road types. Noorderkwartier now engages Do-It-Yourself businesses to market residential water tanks instead of investing in costly drainage capacity.

Such initiatives were exactly the strategies and projects aimed for by Europe 2020 and national innovation programmes. These emerging approaches therefore provided Future Perspectives on how the North Sea Region local authorities could drive forward public and private investments that realise the dual objectives of triggering economic growth and climate adaptation.

CAMINO brought together outcomes from precursor projects necessary to advance projects: tools and processes from SKINT, expertise on managing networked knowledge and policy development from MARE, dissemination from SAWA and involvement of policy makers from FRC.

CAMINO partners from Dordrecht (NL), Hamburg (DE), Bergen (NO), Rotherham (UK), and the Flemish Environment Agency (BE) worked together with knowledge partners UNESCO-IHE (EU) and TUHH (DE), and over 50 regional partners. They built upon this expertise, identifying Governance arrangements, enriching partnerships with industry and high-level policy makers, and advancing over 10 pilots from precursor projects.

These outcomes were synthesized into Future Perspectives on Climate Adaptation Mainstreaming, which can support local authorities, national policy makers and think tanks across the North Sea Region and Europe. 

PROJECT DURATION: 2013-09-02 - 2015-03-01
ERDF GRANT: 303,500.00 €
ERDF EQUIVALENT: 46,500.00 €
LEAD BENEFICIARY: Gemeente Dordrecht

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VMM: Report conference
VMM: Programme conference
VMM: tweets conference
VMM: press article HNB
VMM: overview potential solutions 1
VMM: overview potential solutions 2
VMM: audit report 3
VMM: audit report 2
VMM: audit report 1
VMM: Preparatory study PLP schemes in Europe
UNESCO-IHE: Future Perspectives
UNESCO-IHE: international conference abstracts DITOCC
UNESCO-IHE: international conference programme DITOCC
UNESCO-IHE: international conference programme DITOCC
UNESCO-IHE: Presentatie Bouwbus
UNESCO-IHE: ppt oral BGE
UNESCO-IHE: ppt oral BGE 2
UNESCO-IHE: Lecture 4 Gersonius 2015
Rotherham: Mainstreaming sustainability through the DIY and construction
Rotherham: communication with developers, builders and property owners
Rotherham: Local flood management
Rotherham: property level flood protection
Rotherham: Seeing the trees for the wood
Rotherham: Validating and mainstreaming multi stakeholder
Rotherham: Validation and implementation of ploices
Rotherham: the rotherham LAA
Rotherham: English ouputs
Rotherham: RMBC policy on the Natural environment
Rotherham: RMBC policy on the Natural environment 2
Rotherham: MART partners
Rotherham: Rotherham NSR actions
Rotherham: development of business cases by RMBC
Rotherham: Developing future programme initiatives
Rotherham: Developing future programme initiatives
Rotherham: Fostering evidence based research
Rotherham: MART collaborators
HHNK: CIA ideas
HHNK: co pitch gouden kranen
HHNK: HNK in de maatschappij
HHNK: Hogeschool Utrecht workshop
HHNK: Camino
HHNK: Rioneddag zacht drinkwater
HHNK: nieuwsbrief Expertgroep Klimaat Actieve Stad
Dordrecht: Presentation Singapore 16 september
Dordrecht: Presentation sleeking world conference Sendai
Dordrecht: Presentation Antwerp march 2015
Dordrecht: Adaptation mainstreaming for realising urban flood resilience
Dordrecht: Future perspectives UNESCO IHE + Bax&Willems
Dordrecht: Future perspectives outline Antwerp
Dordrecht: benutten van meekoppelkansen voor meerlaagsveiligheid in Dordrecht
Dordrecht: Future perspectives Rotherham
Dordrecht: Presentation CAMINO HAMBURG
Dordrecht: Innovatieprogramma en positionering CitylabsDordrecht
Dordrecht: CAMINO poster triple helix innovation programme
Bergen: Presentation for delegation from Korea 1
Bergen: Presentation for delegation from Korea 2
Bergen: Hordaklim Final. Engelsk
Bergen: Presentation for delegation from Korea 1
Bergen: Presentation for delegation from Bulgaria
Bergen: Presentation at conference for all Norwegian municipalities 1
Bergen: Presentation at conference for all Norwegian municipalities 2
Bergen: Presentation for group from Polen
Bergen: Breakfast meeting about Camino projects
Bergen: Green roof IKEA
Bergen: our priject with green roof in Bergen
Bergen: About Green roofs in norway
Bergen: Presentation for the City of Oslo in Norwegian 1
Bergen: Presentation for the City of Oslo in Norwegian 2
Bergen: Sluttrapport arbeidsgruppe klimatilpasning og overvann
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