‘Climate Resilient City’ documentary highlights role of finance

The second International Climate Adaptation Summit was held in the Netherlands on 25 and 26 January. The online event included the first screening of the documentary The Climate Resilient City Explained. NextGreen provided input for the documentary based on its analysis of action on climate adaptation in the financial sector.

The 25-minute documentary shows how cities can be made climate-resilient. This is done using examples and lessons learned from a number of Dutch cities, which concluded their City Deal Climate Adaptation with this documentary. The stories emphasize the importance of collaboration between municipalities, water boards, provinces, national government, citizens, companies and financial institutions. This is completely consistent with the results of the analysis that NextGreen has been working on together with Climate-Proof Together (Samen Klimaatbestendig).

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City of Utrecht’s ‘Rooftop Vision’

Photo credit: Jan Knoop

The City of Utrecht has asked NextGreen to help it develop a ‘Rooftop Vision’ in 2021. With ‘no rooftop unused’ by 2050 as the overall goal, the municipality is working on a ‘Sustainable Rooftop Ambition’ document. Starting out from existing policy goals, a detailed ambition document will be drawn up to set out what the city’s rooftop landscape should look like. Internal dialogue and the participation of various stakeholders in the city should create an understanding of how and where energy rooftops (e.g. solar panels), green-blue rooftops (which help to reduce run-off), biodiverse rooftops and multifunctional rooftops can help us to cope with heat stress and flooding, the transition to renewable energy, and to improve biodiversity. Furthermore, the ambition document will provide guidelines for realising a sustainable rooftop landscape through a combination of policy instruments and innovative ways of financing.

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