City-to-City pairings

City-to-city pairings

Through the IUC programme, cities and regions across Europe have entered into partnerships on sustainable development with counterparts from around the globe. For a full list of city pairings so far, see the table below:

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Country
EU City
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Paired city
Country

Rotterdam

Surat

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Population

635 389

Area

325.8 km2

Mayor

Ahmed Aboutaleb


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Population

4 467 797

Area

326.5 km2

Mayor

Dr. Jagdish Patel


Topics

Climate adaptationWater, waste management and sanitation

Sustainable Development Goals

Description

Rotterdam and Surat were officially paired as part of the IUC programme in 2017, but have been collaborating since 2015. The cities are focusing their IUC partnership on tackling issues related to water management, such as ensuring the quality of drinking water, mitigating water pollution from industrial run-off, protecting against flooding, and effectively treating sewage.

Implementation

As part of their collaboration, Rotterdam is sharing their experience of managing water in their own city, with a particular focus on how to link water management aims to other sustainable development goals. 

For Rotterdam, the key word in approaching the issues raised by water management is "integration" - linking challenges rather than dealing with them in isolation to achieve the best results.

For their part, Surat has inspired the Dutch city to scale up their climate resilience and adaptation activities. A series of study visits as well as regular exchange via phone has allowed the two cities to get to know each other and to establish a successful working mode.

In Rotterdam, Surat has found a knowledgeable partner with a wealth of water management experience. In Surat, Rotterdam has found a city dealing with issues on a much larger scale, which has already inspired the Dutch city to think differently about the challenges they face.

News

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