CITY BLUEPRINTS - Improving Implementation Capacities of Cities and Regions
Name of the project: Improving Implementation Capacities of Cities and Regions (AG041)
Acronym: CITY BLUEPRINTS
Name of the Network: EIP-Water
The Action Group will organize interventions at the local level to overcome barriers in the water related governance systems that hinder the development and uptake of innovations in municipal water management.
City Blueprints will establish a network (learning alliance) of European cities to share their best practices on Urban Water Cycle Services (UWCS) in their effort for a transition towards improving the sustainability of the UWCS of their city/municipality/region. Innovation in water governance may enable and accelerate the application of state-of-the-art UWCS technology. In addition, the Action Group will drive bringing innovative models of water governance, aligned with technical innovations, to the market.
Work carried out by Siemens on the Green City Index has shown the challenges we face in cities and how important it is to involve the civil society and private parties to create success. The EU project TRUST (Transitions to the Urban Water Services of Tomorrow; http://www.trust-i.net/index.php) also demonstrated that cities and regions can improve their UWCS quickly and significantly if they are willing to share their best practices among each other and how important it is to further involve the civil society and companies to tackle the problems.
Over the last years, the project team has developed a process, a method and an IT tool to provide a City Blueprint as baseline assessment for the sustainability of UWCS of cities and regions.