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Urban resilience to extreme natural events and climate change: from Brasil to Europe

20/12/2022, Webinar

The workshop will discuss best practices and innovative methodologies for urban resilience building to extreme natural events and climate change. The focus will be on participatory processes and citizen engagement practices, looking in particular at their relevance for physically and socially vulnerable urban areas. The event is designed as a knowledge-sharing opportunity for cities and will include the participation of researchers and experts working on the field with municipalities.

The project “Waterproofing Data: Engaging Stakeholders in Sustainable Flood Risk Governance for Urban Resilience” will be discussed as a successful case study, focusing on data co-production practices and the role of digital tools. The project has been implemented in several Brazilian cities to build resilience to flooding in vulnerable communities by engaging citizens in data generation processes critical to design effective early-warning systems and strategies to reduce the risk of flood-related events. Professor João Porto De Albuquerque (University of Glasgow, UK) and Professor Maria Alexandra Viegas da Cunha (Fundação Getulio Vargas, São Paolo, Brasil) will illustrate the results of Waterproofing Data project and its innovative methodology, discussing opportunities for its implementation in cities both in Brasil and Europe and application to a broad spectrum of extreme events, from flooding to heatwaves and drought.


Introduction and moderation:
Giulia Sofia Sarno, Junior Researcher, Energy, Climate and Resources Programme, IAI

Discussion Panel:
João Porto De Albuquerque, Professor (Chair) in Urban Analytics, University of Glasgow, Deputy Director of the Urban Big Data Centre
Maria Alexandra Viegas da Cunha, Professor at Fundação Getulio Vargas, Sao Paolo School of Business Administration (FGV EAESP)
Giulia Sofia Sarno, Junior Researcher, Energy, Climate and Resources Programme, IAI

Open discussion and Q&A with participants from municipalities and universities


This workshop takes place in the framework of the PRODIGEES project. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 873119.

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