CATCH partners are longing to see each other again

16 November 2020 - Published by Manon van de Riet
This week we held a digital partner meeting for CATCH again. And ooohh, we are longing to see each other!

We shared a lot of experiences again, in the best way we can in a digital setting. Our umbrella these days was: how to create impact with CATCH.

We started with an inspiration session hosted by Briony Rogers from the Monash University in Melbourne. She elaborated on the water sensitive cities theory and how the benchmark they developed contributes tot strategy development. This was a nice parallel to our work on the self-assessment and the following strategy development.

After this the practice partners presented their progress in strategy development, where we focused on how to reach a long-lasting impact and keeping the strategies alive. Due to COVID we saw a great interest but also growing experience in the use of digital communication tools for interaction with stakeholders. We followed up with a Mentimeter session to give input for the roadmap for strategy development that we will develop. We saw that next to the tools, the sharing of experiences provides the most useful input for practice partners to find their way in climate adaptation strategies.

The day was finalised with presentations by our academic team members, telling about their dissemination activities and the impact that CATCH and connected experiences has on their work. As an example, Elf Kücük presented her postdoctoral research on applying the CATCH tools on cities in Turkey.

After a good night sleep, all partners joined again to tell about experiences in all pilots and the recommendations for other mid-size cities in the North Sea Region. All partners are in a stage of finalisation, resulting in great stories, pictures and movies about the different pilots. Therefore, this is an item we will soon follow up on!