Starting signal for Green Teams given!

Starting signal for Green Teams given!

IFLA Europe is proud to announce that the Interreg Green Team project has been officially launched!

Empowering local authorities and regions to work on climate adaptation cost-effectively and proactively. That is the idea behind the Green Team project that kicked of 28 February in Antwerp. Eleven partners in the North Sea Region, led by the Province of Antwerp, joined forced to develop, test and implement the Green Team methodology.

Local governments are responsible for the design and management of public spaces. Teams work on road infrastructure, greenery, sewage systems, utility connections, etc. They are all experts in their area but lack the time, knowledge, or tools to work on climate adaptation simultaneously. Without structural support, money is lost and opportunities missed.

Green Team to the rescue

A Green Team methodology consists of strategies to embed climate adaptation into the organisational structure of local governments and to efficiently utilise resources. This involves exploring how a structural, cross-departmental approach can stimulate awareness, collaboration, and effectiveness. Next, the public investment planning of several pilot municipalities is screened for green-blue linkage opportunities and quick wins, such as planned street or sewage works. With this roadmap, other authorities can also get started in the future. The final strategy focuses on knowledge exchange with the broader sector of contractors, architects, and green managers.

Interreg North Sea Region

The Green Team project is funded by the European Union through the Interreg North Sea Region programme. 11 partners from Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany will have the next 3.5 years to develop and roll out the methodology. Province of Antwerp is lead partner for the project. Each partner is contributing specific expertise:

  • Province of Antwerp, Hoogheemraadschap van Schieland en de Krimpenerwaard, Landkreis Emsand, Vereniging Voor Openbaar Groen and Stichting Adaptatie Atelier have experience in supporting and motivating local governments in terms of climate policy.
  • The local authorities of Putte, Middelburg and Papenburg will co-create, test, validate and implement the Green Team methodology.
  • The University of Dortmund is developing strategies to improve cooperation between and across different departments.
  • The International Federation of Landscape Architects EUROPE and Vereniging Openbaar connect the supply and demand sides of climate-resilient public spaces.

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About the Project:
The objective of the project is to develop strategies that integrate climate adaptation into the governance mechanisms of local authorities through building:
- Green Teams: Establish cross-departmental cooperation under the banner of Green Teams to boost climate adaptation awareness, cooperation and action within the organisation.
- A blue green public investment planning: Develop a roadmap and local action plans that guide local authorities to seize opportunities for climate adaptation in planned projects from design to maintenance.
- Cross-sectoral learning network: Stimulate exchange of knowledge on climate adaptation in public spaces with other facilitators, maintainers and end-users of public spaces. Several North Sea regions will co-develop and validate the developed strategies with local and regional authorities.

This project is innovative because it integrates climate adaptation into existing policy and management processes of a local authority and brings together stakeholders from different sectors, not only climate experts.

About Interreg North Sea Programme
The North Sea Region Programme 2021-2027 centres on four thematic priorities. Each priority includes one to three specific objectives:

  • Robust and smart economies in the North Sea Region
    • Enhancing research & innovation capacities and the uptake of advanced technologies
    • Developing skills for smart specialisation, industrial transition and entrepreneurship

  • A green transition in the North Sea Region
    • Promoting energy efficiency measures & reducing greenhouse gas emissions
    • Promoting renewable energy
    • Promoting smart energy systems, storage and grids
    • Promoting the transition to a circular economy
    • Promoting sustainable multimodal urban mobility

  • A climate resilient North Sea Region
    • Promoting climate change adaptation, risk prevention and disaster resilience
    • Enhancing biodiversity, green infra-structure in the urban environment, and reducing pollution

  • Better governance
    • Better cooperation governance

The spotlight themes below apply across all priorities. They are additional dimensions of special importance in the North Sea Region. There are three spotlight themes:

  • Digitalisation
  • Rural-urban linkages
  • Strengths & challenges in the North Sea basin
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