Modern civilisation is growing ever-more susceptible to the effects of climate change like floods or droughts. The increasing effects of climate change are pushing climate adaptation to the forefront of our global priorities and local actions.
By mainstreaming climate adaptation into spatial planning, financial investments and political decision making, we help to build a climate-resilient world with greener environments and improved livelihoods. Public and private organisations are investing trillions of dollars in new buildings, roads, levees and other assets, why wouldn’t we include climate adaptation measures at the same time? Seizing this opportunity, we must align key actors and stakeholders to plan our cities and infrastructures in a holistic and integrated way.
We overcome the governance, funding and technical barriers by implementing concepts and solutions such as building with nature (BwN), blue-green infrastructure (BGI), climate-resilient asset management and investment planning, social innovation (SI), sustainable procurement, and peer learning (eg City2City learning). Together with many of our partners we shape the world into a more liveable, safer and sustainable place.
Building sustainable, climate-resilient communities through social innovation
Key issues in climate adaptation like dealing with flooding, drought, heavy rainfall and other complex scenarios affect local, regional, national and international communities. We facilitate the valuation and implementation of the most relevant eco-based solutions – replacing traditional grey infrastructure by Blue Green Infrastructure (BGI) such as green corridors and roofs, permeable paving, rainwater harvesting systems. We experience that working closely together with local stakeholders is key to develop business cases and narratives to capture and sustain the multiple benefits of BGI.
Leverage procurement for sustainability and adaptation
Procurement has proven to be a very powerful tool for sustainability and climate adaptation. We are promoting the development and uptake of a circular procurement framework, thus contributing to limit climate change effects but also increase the adoption of climate adaptation solutions while fostering eco-innovation.
Accelerating climate resilience and mainstreaming the uptake of climate adaptation solutions is necessary all across the world. Many of our clients including cities, private companies and national governments work within a different context but are dealing with similar challenges. Peer-to-peer collaboration allows these stakeholders to learn from each other’s successes and failures, fosters the sharing and exchange of knowledge, expertise and tactic know-how, and provides an opportunity to inspire. For these reasons we are successfully applying novel City-2-City, Procurer-2-Procurer and Farmer-2-Farmer approaches in various projects, and have developed an Online Community Platform which provides a fitting channel for continuous dialogue and knowledge transfer.
Forming impactful global alliances
We help societies across the world become more resilient to climate-related threats. We are experienced in convening multiple stakeholders, governments, the private sector, civil society, intergovernmental bodies, and knowledge institutions to recognise, build and promote excellence to accelerate climate adaptation. Notably, we facilitated the building of Global Centre on Adaptation (originally GCECA) from initial idea to global Center by building relationships and formalising partnerships (47 leading global partners), mobilising resources (>€10M seed funding), developing its business and organisational model (incl initial 10 staff and housing), drafting its first working programme and strong communications (launch at UN Climate Conference with Ministers, MPs, CEOs).
Optimising investment planning
The effects of climate change are a major risk for loss of life and economic damage for governments, investors, businesses and banks. The value of global financial assets at risk from climate change has been estimated at US$2.5t by the London School of Economics, and even at US$4.2t by the Economist. By considering the climate change risks in investment planning and asset management, it will allow future infrastructure, assets and markets to be more resilient to the effects of climate change. We have experience in optimising investment planning by exploring the mainstreaming of these investments with other policy domains and help identify cost-optimal adaptive infrastructure upgrades by exploring a variety of technical designs: with adaptability and life-cycle costing for various performance levels.
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