Progress in Climate Change Adaptation Solutions Discussed at MAURICE Project Meeting

Date: 28.05.2024

We are delighted to share that the third meeting of the MAURICE project partners was successfully held in Stuttgart from 13-15 May 2024. The primary objective of the meeting was to discuss the progress made in developing an urban water management strategy that focuses on implementing climate change adaptation solutions. The meeting provided an opportunity for project partners to present the activities carried out in the pilot investments across six regions in Central Europe, namely Stuttgart-Feuerbach (DE), Milan (IT), Nový Bydžov (CZ), Jaworzno (PL), Ljubljana (SI), and Varaždin (HR).

The meeting comprised workshops, discussions, and presentations that showcased the results of climate change analyses and the possibilities of implementing adaptation solutions in various Central European regions. Notably, a field visit was organized to explore the innovative solutions implemented in Stuttgart. The former railway station area in the Bad Cannstatt district, covering 22 hectares, is being transformed into a sustainable residential and commercial district. The area incorporates parks and squares designed for over 2,000 residents, with a strong focus on rainwater retention to address the challenges posed by climate change.

The exchange of experiences and knowledge during the meeting allowed for a comprehensive assessment of the project results thus far. Additionally, it provided valuable insights into the next steps and directions for project implementation. One key highlight of the discussions was the recognition of the crucial importance of increasing public awareness about the dangers of climate change and fostering public acceptance of the necessary solutions to mitigate these changes at both the micro, local, and regional levels.

The MAURICE project is making great strides in developing adaptable and sustainable urban water management strategies to tackle climate change. The commitment and collaboration of all project partners are commendable as they work towards a more resilient and climate-ready future.