First of three scientific articles on CATCH published

25 February 2020 - Published by Manon van de Riet

This one dives into the development and use of the self-assessment. This concerns a tool that is developed for mid-size cities. With this tool, cities are able to determine their own scores on the principles of the Water Sensitive Cities Theory. Leading researcher and first author of the article is Gül Özerol, Assistant professor at the Department of Governance and Technology for Sustainability (CSTM) at the University of Twente.

The paper presents the results of a self-assessment conducted by the seven CATCH pilot partners. Insights gained from the comparison of self-assessment results are twofold. Firstly, the cities need to value the benefits of ecosystem services for climate change adaptation and integrate climate change into other sectors. Secondly, the cities differ regarding the priority of climate change. Even the cities that aspire to be frontrunners have weaknesses. The application of the self-assessment process also creates an exchange platform for cities. This enables mutual learning and increases their awareness on the importance of climate resilience.

The two scientific articles to follow are:

-How water sensitive is my city? Climate adaptation in the North Sea Region in historical, current and future transition states. (lead: Nanco Dolman)

-A decision support tool for development of adaptation strategies in midsize cities in the North Sea Region. (lead: Helge Bormann)             

Read the full article.