POWER Newsletter

July 2019

POWER at a glance

The project "Political and sOcial awareness on Water EnviRonmental challenges" (POWER) is funded by the European Union under Horizon 2020. It aims to support the local level in realising its full potential concerning water management and in implementing a better communication with its residents, in order to change behaviours and attitudes towards water. To reach that goal, it has set up social platforms for 4 cities (Jerusalem, Leicester, Milton Keynes and Sabadell). The platforms engage with the public, raise awareness about water challenges and give the opportunity to support new water policy initiatives. Another feature is a collaborative best practices platform, presenting solutions from cities worldwide to overcome water-related challenges and allowing discussion and exchange on this topic.

Further information on http://www.power-h2020.eu

Join the POWER Conference

Addressing Water Challenges by Citizen Engagement

09 - 10 October 2019 • Brussels • Belgium

Is drinking water scarce in your community or is your population at risk from flooding? Do you want to tackle the protection of water resources in your municipality with the involvement of relevant stakeholders, address possibilities for reusing water or make the challenges of heavy rain more visible? "Addressing Water Challenges by Citizen Engagement" is the topic of the POWER Conference, which will be dealt with on the basis of the POWER Digital Social Platform (DSP) via conference contributions, but also within the framework of an Industry Panel and a POWER Follower Cities Event.

Our registration form gives you the opportunity to specify your choice concerning these different elements. You can select several offers because they take place at different times.

Industry panel
Wednesday, 9 October, 2019, Brussels, Belgium

Idea Contest coaching session
Wednesday, 9 October, 2019, Brussels, Belgium (upon invitation only)

POWER Follower Cities event
Wednesday, 9 October, 2019, Brussels, Belgium

POWER Conference: Addressing Water Challenges by Citizen Engagement
Thursday, 10 October, 2019, Brussels, Belgium

Join the Workshop "Citizen and Community Participation for Climate Change Adaptation" in cooperation with POWER and the Covenant of Mayors at the Climate Alliance International Conference

25th - 27th September 2019 | Rostock, Germany

The Climate Alliance International Conference and General Assembly is the highlight of the Climate Alliance year and the ideal place to both exchange and get inspired. POWER is leading a workshop together with the Covenant of Mayors with the title "Citizen and Community Participation for Climate Change Adaptation" (EN | DE). Understanding how best to engage the public in climate change adaption is a key challenge for many local authorities. True engagement goes beyond mere awareness raising, it entails consulting citizens via participatory processes while also promoting and cooperating with citizen initiatives. Learn about creative methods and tools to reach these goals and discuss how best to engage hard-to-reach target groups. We look forward to seeing you this year at "CAIC19" from 25 to 27 September in Rostock, Germany!

More information

The POWER idea contest winners have been announced!

The POWER Idea Contest for Sustainable Communities is over and the POWER consortium jury has decided upon the 10 winners. After 140 ideas were submitted in the first phase of the contest, 20 finalists continued to the second phase and were invited to deliver a more detailed description of their ideas and projects. When selecting the 10 contest winners, the jury took into consideration criteria such as relevance of the problem discussed, applicability of the proposed solution, amount of support generated for the idea in the POWER communities and quality of the presentation of the idea. Find out more about the contest and the winners on our POWER website!

Successful outcome of the POWER Follower City Conference

The International Conference "Giving POWER to your city", organised by the POWER consortium took place in Pisa on the 12th April 2019 and was a huge success. The meeting saw representatives of the so-called "follower city" network gather in the city of the leaning tower from numerous different countries: United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Israel, Hungary, and Romania. About fifty representatives of municipalities and water basin management companies met for a full day of studies on experiences and strategies for citizen involvement for the conscious management of water resources. To find out more, please follow this link to our website.

Events To Come: CAIC19 | 28th Climate Alliance International Conference

Strategies for a Liveable Future

#CAIC19 #LocalAction
25 – 27 September 2019 | Rostock, Germany

The tide is changing. Thanks to grassroots campaigning, increasing numbers of local, regional and even national governments worldwide are now declaring the climate as a priority. Many other municipalities and regions have long taken climate change seriously and are already pursuing ambitious climate goals. For them, some of the most pressing questions revolve around how best to act on this all-encompassing issue when only parts of its root causes are under municipal control. Which local strategies can contribute to a liveable future, how can we implement them and what can we learn from global partnerships along the way? How do we realise necessary transitions in mobility and the built environment, how can we engage the public in our strategies and how do we adapt to the changes we cannot avoid?

Climate.Cities.Communities. explores the role of municipalities in climate action and the implementation of local strategies with the power to foster a good future for all. Join us in shaping our future!

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 687809.

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