Developing the climate map for Warsaw
The climate map, consisting of a set of maps, provides an indispensable basis for the development of a strategy for adaptation of urban areas to climate change. The development of the map makes it possible to identify and describe threats which may occur given the forecast scale of global climate change.

The climate map for Warsaw will be developed by a scientific team led by professor Elwira Żmudzka from the Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw. The map will present the spatial differentiation of climate risks and resultant effects for people, economy and environment – both in a professional and popular version.

The strategy for adaptation of the Warsaw metropolitan region to climate change
The climate map for Warsaw, as well as the analysis of other municipal documents for adaptation activities, will provide the basis for the development of the strategy.

In the development of the strategy the ecosystem approach will be used. In this approach both environmental and anthropogenic components of the urban ecosystem are acknowledged and believed to provide equally important services for the city’s inhabitants. Disturbed balance between these two types of components leads to the intensification of negative climate change phenomena.

The strategy will be developed by the Warsaw authorities in a participatory process, with the participation of diverse social groups of Warsaw inhabitants, particularly such as the elderly and young people, representatives of civil society organisations, entrepreneurs, municipal services and the municipal authorities. Grassroots local initiatives will be included in the strategy.

A series of local conferences for the authorities of Polish metropolises
Information about adaptation to climate change measures undertaken in Warsaw will be promoted among the authorities of 12 Polish metropolises and in other towns through:
– a series of local conferences (Metropolitan Climate Forums)
– an international conference
– involvement of local structures of the Union of Polish Metropolises (UMP) in the project’s activities.

Awareness-raising of the issue of adaptation to climate change
The issue of the necessity to adapt Polish towns and cities to climate change, and the climate map for Warsaw itself, will be widely promoted both among Warsaw’s inhabitants, inhabitants of other towns and cities across Poland and representatives of their authorities, by means of the Internet, local press, meetings, screenings of an educational video, educational boards placed throughout the city etc.

A study visit to Stuttgart for representatives of municipal authorities
The study visit is aimed at representatives of the authorities of Polish metropolises, including Warsaw. The objective of the visit is to familiarise them with adaptation to climate change solutions implemented in Stuttgart and to encourage the authorities of the Polish metropolises to undertake similar measures. Stuttgart is one of the European cities which has developed its strategy for adaptation to climate change, based on the climate map for the city.

A manual on adaptation of urban areas to climate change
The manual will be distributed to and promoted among representatives of the authorities of metropolises and other towns in Poland, civil society organisations and other stakeholders in towns and cities across Poland (approximately 50). The manual will also draw on the experience of the German partner, the city of Stuttgart. The publication will have the following objectives:

  • to take its readers in a step-by-step manner to develop a strategy for limiting vulnerability of their town or city to climate change
  • to identify and agree priorities for adaptation measures
  • to integrate adaptation measures into other strategic documents of the town or city.

Support for the implementation of the ecosystem approach
We will support the authorities of Polish cities in introducing the ecosystem approach and related instruments in planning. The ecosystem approach acknowledges the equal importance of both environmental and anthropogenic components in urban areas. These components are integrated into the circulation of water, air and other elements necessary for the city to function and they also provide equally important services for the city’s inhabitants.

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