Much has been said of local solutions providing the key to global issues such as granting access to clean and safe water. There are examples of successful actions where the involvement of many and varied local stakeholders through the work of municipal and regional administrations has resulted in the direct participation of numerous sectors of society in international issues. In order to provide answers to these crises, and building on the hitherto successful implementation of the EIP Water Action Group: CITY BLUEPRINTS, the proposed workshop aims to ensure improved exchange synergies between cities that have been involved in the CITY BLUEPRINT project and cities who are new to the concept from regions such as the Balkans, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, specifically, Palestine, Israel and Jordan. The Joint Research Council of the European Commission and Netwerc H2O co-organised the event.
In what will be a practical workshop, new Cities will beproviding the data required for a practicable planning cycle at all political levels. They will, therefore, be encouraged to assess the current situation, and will be shown how to employ tools for integration and implementation, stakeholder engagement and international networking whilst emphasizing the dialogue between different levels of public administration and the different sectors engaged.
The activity is closely related to a set other initiatives and relates also to the work done in collaboration with OECD, but also feeds into the Smart Specialisation Platform launched by the European Commission