EIT Climate-KIC will be participating in the biennial European Climate Change Adaptation (ECCA) conference taking place in Lisbon, Portugal, between 28–31 May 2019.
ECCA aims to inspire and enable people to work together to discover and deliver positive climate adaptation solutions that can strengthen society, revitalise local economies and enhance the environment.
EIT Climate-KIC will be an active participant in the conference and we hereby invite you to join us in the following sessions:
Kirsten Dunlop in the Business Plenary Session (29 May, 9:00)
EIT Climate-KIC’s CEO Kirsten Dunlop will be participating in the business plenary session on Wednesday 29 May on the topic of “Adapting businesses to climate change – risks and opportunities” together with industry leaders.
Resilient Historic Communities Session (28 May, 16:15)
Historic districts in cities have peculiar characteristics that make them unique for those who live there and for tourism. Common features as urban fabric made of medieval structures, narrow streets with few green public spaces and ancient and degraded heritage buildings, populated by elderly inhabitants and massive tourism fluxes, are at the origin of problems hampering the well-being and development of such districts. These districts generally suffer a general lack of climate resilient public spaces, low presence of green areas, severe limitations to implement energy efficiency measures and the utilization of RES in the historical buildings, very congested streets with excessive use of private cars, loss of the sense of community spirit and an usual limited citizens’ engagement in local development plans. On the other hand, communities living in these areas need to be part of the transformation needed to build longterm sustainable districts. As for that, this science to practise session aims to explore and work with participants on the use of nature based solutions for community engagement to build communities acceptance in historic districts in order to cope with adaptation measures and historic beauty preservation.
Climate-KIC Networking Session (28 May, 18:00 at the JPI Climate & Climateurope stand)
A wide range of European Climate-KIC partners have been collaboratively engaged in climate adaptation action for the last decade. From cities, through companies to universities, many have been contributing to innovation projects pushing the boundaries and increasing the pace of climate resilience. Innovative solutions have been explored for resilient cities, climate-smart agriculture, integrated landscapes, sustainable production systems and democratisation of climate risk information, among others. This session will be an opportunity for Climate-KIC partners and those leading climate adaptation innovation to meet one another and identify potential collaborations towards system innovation.
Meet the experts session (30 May, 10:45 at the DG EASME stand)
Throughout the ECCA conference the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (DG EASME) will be holding a series of “meet the expert” sessions at their conference stand. On Thursday 30, during the morning break, EIT Climate-KIC will be at the stand to discuss our new strategy and adaptation innovations, and to answer any questions you may have.
It would be a pleasure to see you at the conference and we encourage you to join us by registering directly for the event on the ECCA website.
We hope to see you in Lisbon!