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EGCN Future-proof Toolkit

Future-proof ToolkitThis toolkit focusses on the future-proof vision. This vision combines European cities' strategies to use nature-based solutions to become (or stay) resilient towards natural and manmade disasters and adapt to climate change. Reducing vulnerability, safeguarding freshwater supply and quality as well as ecosystem services, and installing robust, sustainable urban infrastructures, belong to the key tasks of any local government.

The brochure includes transformation pathways from European Green Capital Network members and practical tips for local governments looking for ways to make their cities and towns future-proof.

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Transformation pathways

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Watch the interviews to hear from some of the European Green Capital Network experts who contributed to this toolkit.

Future-proof tools and resources

Green City Tool: A simple self-assessment and benchmarking tool for green cities.

Urban Adaptation Support Tool: Supports cities in developing climate change adaptation plans.

Urban Nature Atlas: A database of almost 1000 examples of Nature-Based Solutions from across Europe.

European Resilience Management Guideline :Guidance for cities in strengthening their local resilience.

GREEN SURGE Urban GI planning guide for practitioners: Strategic planning of urban green infrastructure.

European Climate Risk Typology: Compares and analyses climate risk in European cities and regions.

Oppla: The EU repository of Nature-Based Solutions and natural capital, ecosystem services.

UrbanByNature: The global programme for urban nature pioneers.

RAMSES adaptation toolbox: Quantified impacts of climate change, and costs and benefits of adaptation.

Benefits Estimation Tool: Values the benefits of blue-green infrastructure.

Optioneering approach: Encourages private businesses to invest in public green space.

Future-proof webinar: How can your city become future-proof?

On 12 June 2019 the Future-proof webinar took place, with guidance, insider tips and presentations from Network member cities Hamburg (Green roof strategy), Oslo (stormwater management) and Lisbon (green infrastructure programme).

Watch a recording of the webinar