RESIST meeting in Turku June 2023

RESIST partners meet in Turku, Finland, to visit project field sites

The RESIST Project partners are meeting in Turku, Finland, on 28-29 June 2023 for the second consortium meeting of the project. The meeting will serve as an important platform for collaboration and knowledge exchange within the project.

Southwest Finland is hosting the meeting as one of the lead RESIST regions. Partners coming from 10 European countries will discover the area and explore the demonstration sites. Innovative solutions to climate change impacts will be implemented in the city of Turku and in the basin of the river Savijoki.

Turku, 26 June – The RESIST Project partners are meeting in Turku on Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 June. Partners from 10 European countries will gather in EduCity on the Kupittaa campus of Turku University of Applied Sciences. The meeting will mark the first six months of the project, allowing partners to recap and plan the activities across Europe that will take place during the second half of 2023.

The RESIST Project activities in Turku will focus on renovating and upgrading the stormwater infrastructure with a focus on NBS. The activities in the city will be held in two areas: the Rauvolanlahti residential area and Oriketo industrial area. In both cases, local citizens will be involved in the co- creation of the planning and implementation of the activities.

The demonstration site in rural Southwest Finland will focus on enhancing dialogue among landowners and nudging them towards more sustainable water management with the development of training on the planning and implementation of NBS. The activities at this site will also establish a drainage-basin- specific, multi-beneficial water retention plan and visualize the impacts through digital models. In both rural and urban sites, the activities will also be followed in parallel with applying for further funding to upscale the investment.

The European framework of RESIST Project

RESIST is adopting a new practical framework in which climate adaptation pathways will be tested in four leading regions of the EU: Southwest Finland, Central Denmark, Catalonia, and Central Portugal. These four regions have been selected for their high level of vulnerability to climate change and their experience in climate change adaptation (CCA). Each of the leading regions is paired with two equally vulnerable regions with less experience in CCA. Normandy (France), Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece), Blekinge (Sweden), Zemgale (Latvia), Puglia (Italy), Baixo Alentejo (Portugal), Vesteralen (Norway), and Extremadura (Spain) are the eight twinning regions.

European regions and cities have different climate vulnerabilities and levels of preparedness. RESIST acknowledges this and is built on the real challenges and needs of the 12 climate-vulnerable regions in Europe. The project follows the quintuple helix model, which involves civil society organisations (CSOs), private sector, policy makers, and the scientific community through a cross-sectoral and bottom-up approach.

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