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Sustainable Mediterranean Cities

A water-wise city vision accelerates action

The IWA Principles for Water-Wise Cities provide an all-encompassing vision for sustainable urban water management that unites people and institutions, traverses boundaries and scales, and enables a city to take action. The 17 Principles underlie resilient planning and design in cities by encouraging collaborative action, so that local governments, urban professionals, and individuals actively engage in addressing and finding solutions for managing all waters of the city.

Read full article by Tom Williams from the International Water Association (IWA).

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Over 70% of Europeans live in urban areas, and 55% of public investment is made by regional or local governments. The European Investment Bank works on a range of Urban Agenda-related initiatives to share knowledge with local and regional decision-makers in order to improve access to funds and help them use existing funds more effectively.

The EIB has provided EUR 95 billion in urban lending over the last five years and is extending that financing to projects with a higher risk under the European Fund for Strategic Investments, part of the Investment Plan for Europe.

Rivers and lakes located in European cities and towns are getting cleaner thanks to improvements in waste water treatment and restoration projects which have brought many waterways back to life. New forms of water management contribute to make our cities greener, smarter and more sustainable, but key challenges remain, according to a new report by the European Environment Agency (EEA).
More info at: http://www.eea.europa.eu/highlights/restoring-european-rivers-and-lakes .

Urban, demographic and climate trends are increasingly exposing cities to risks of having too little, too much and too polluted water. Facing these challenges requires robust public policies and sound governance frameworks to co-ordinate across multiple scales, authorities, and policy domains. Building on a survey of 48 cities in OECD countries and emerging economies, the report analyses key factors affecting urban water governance, discusses trends in allocating roles and responsibilities across levels of government, and assesses multi-level governance gaps in urban water management. It provides a framework for mitigating territorial and institutional fragmentation and raising the profile of water in the broader sustainable development agenda, focusing in particular on the contribution of metropolitan governance, rural-urban partnerships and stakeholder engagement.

Knowing a city’s needs, expanding the conversation about smart cities, realising that Internet is a necessity, and financing were just some of the major issues discussed at the 2016 Smart Cities Week event in Washington, DC:

  • Know your city and define what 'smart' means accordingly
  • It's not just a technical conversation
  • Broadband and wifi have become public necessities
  • The US government address a major issue in implementing smart city technology: financing

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