How have different cities developed their urban water cycle adaptation technologies to climate change?
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PREPARED project description:
The European Commission is funding the Collaborative project ‘PREPARED Enabling Change’ (PREPARED) within the context of the Seventh Framework Programme ‘Environment’. The PREPARED project originates from the WSSTP (Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform –www.WssTP.eu) thematic working group Sustainable Water Management in Urban areas.
The project PREPARED Enabling Change addresses the adaptation of the water sector to better cope with the
challenges posed by climate change. The project develops adaptation technologies and decision support tools based
on real-time management that will allow a quick response to extreme events, to prevent and limit any damages,
risks and disturbances in the urban water cycle. In addition PREPARED works with utilities to include ‘uncertain’
impacts of climate change scenarios in the day to day management practice of the utilities and in the decision
making process on investment strategies. Adapting water organisations and their processes and infrastructures to
address climate change impacts poses a significant challenge, which will involve using both new and existing
technologies, but may equally involve new ways of working within and between organisations or between
organisations and the public.
PREPARED is an end-user driven research and demonstration project funded by FP7 and involves twelve European
cities and two non-European cities from Australia and the United States. As a problem-owner driven project, the
water utilities in PREPARED identified the expected challenges for their situation and defined the knowledge and
research needs. The research partners and the technology suppliers work together with the water utilities on the
potential solutions and the results are implemented and demonstrated at the utilities. In this respect PREPARED’s
ambition is to close the gap between research and innovation and the market through direct implementation and
testing the fit-for-use project results.
The demonstrations at the city utilities are the key part of the project and address a portfolio of impacts of climate
change on the European water sector.