Water in Urban Areas was originally established in 2010 as a strategic partnership. From the end of 2014, Water in Urban Areas has transformed from a strategic partnership to an innovation network. The uniqueness of Water in Urban Areas is that the network consists of both knowledge institutions, government agencies, utilities and private companies (tetra-helix structure).
Water in Urban Areas’ overall vision is “To contribute to climate resilient and sustainable cities by value-adding water management”. The mission of Water in Urban Areas is to engage all network partners in:
The purpose of Water in Urban Areas is to develop, document and present climate adaptation technologies and associated planning tools for transformation of existing urban areas in Denmark. At the same time, Water in Urban Areas support network members in developing their export potential to climate change adaptation for the rest of Europe and the world. The core challenge is to adapt cities to face more extreme and unpredictable precipitation and temperature conditions, while the city’s function as a center of economic, cultural and social activities are maintained and strengthened. The massive investment in infrastructure is necessary, whether the adjustment based on conventional or decentralized approaches should ideally be made with multi-functionality in mind, so that the added benefits can be achieved in several areas:
As the climate changes and the number and frequency of rainfall events increases, so does the need for intelligent rainwater management solutions. This White Paper presents insight into lessons learned from Danish stakeholders within rainwater management and Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS).