IUC programme webinars


Integrating Nature-Based Flood Management Into Urban Planning


27th March 2019

16:00 TO 17:30 CET

Water is and has been crucial in designing urban spaces and informing urban planning. Approaches towards flood management have changed over time, with the previous focus being on keeping water out of the city, and the more recent approach turning towards natural water management and integrated strategies for dealing with flood risks and promoting urban resilience.

Crucial to this process of adapting to floods is the knowledge transfer and cross-cultural exchange of best practices in integrated water management amongst cities. It is with this purpose of encouraging inter-city learning that the IUC programme presents the practical experience of three cities in dealing with different kinds of flood risk through nature-based solutions and other innovative measures.

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16:00 16:05WelcomeGeorge Stiff, IUC Coordination Unit

16:05 – 16:15

IntroductionDr. Chris Zevenbergen, Professor for Urban Flood Risk Management, IHE Delft (the Netherlands)
16:15 16:45Combating floods – embracing floods: managing excess water in the city
  • New approaches to urban drainage: innovative governance and democracy models  – Ricardo Aroeira, Director of Urban Water Management, City of Belo Horizonte (Brazil)
  • Regenerating the urban context to reduce flood riskP.Eng. Cary Clark, Manager of Development & Stormwater Engineering, City of Burlington (Canada)
16:45 – 16:50Discussion, questions and answers
16:50 – 17:20Combating floods – embracing floods: managing excess water in the city
Focus point: Rivers
  • Regenerating the urban context to reduce flood riskStefania Manca  (Municipality of Genoa) & Sonia Zarino (UNaLab), Genoa (Italy)
  • Urban green infrastructure to mitigate coastal floodingLeticia Leonhardt, Architect in Planning Department, City of Rosario (Argentina)
17:20 – 17:25Discussion, questions and answers
17:25 – 17:30Wrap-Up

Moderator: Barbara Anton, IUC Coordination Unit

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International financial sources and institutions relevant to city action 


12th March 2019

15:00 to 16:30 CET

The scale of the action necessary to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to tackle climate change requires local action. Adequate financing is vital to ensure the feasibility of local sustainability projects, yet at present there is a significant gap between the level of funds available for sustainable urban development and the level of funds deployed.

This webinar, the first of three on the topic of financing, shared an overview of the information needed to successfully access financing for sustainable urban development activities. Through presentations by experts, the webinar helped to cut through the complexity of international finance to provide participants with practical information on the requirements to access funding, as well as the best financing schemes available. 




15:00 – 15:05Welcome and setting the scene  – Giorgia Rambelli, IUC Coordination Unit

15:05 – 16:05

  • Exploring the Adaptation FundCristina Dengel, Knowledge Management Officer, Adaptation Fund 
  • UN climate funds for the urban level – Hyunwoo Kim, Finance, Technology and Capacity-building Programme, UNFCCC
  • EBRD Green CitiesPeter Hirsch, Analyst, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
  • EIB support for urban and regional developmentStefanie Lindenberg, European Investment Bank (EIB) 
  • Use of EU Funds for urban developmentLaura Liger & Pia Laurila, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
16:05 – 16:30Q&A session

Moderator: Eszter Mogyorósy, Finance Expert, IUC Coordination Unit