Urban regeneration and adaptation of Bratislava city to Climate Change

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    Summary (Challenges; Objectives)

    The city is developing strategies to:<ul><li>Protect the most vulnerable groups of the urban population (elderly people, homeless people, children in age up to 6 years, lonely living pensioners, etc.);</li><li>Minimise the carbon footprint of the city– housing/building, transport, waste treatment;</li><li>Implement green and soft adaptation measures to maximise the use of rainwater and green infrastructure.</li></ul>City actions have been intensified by implemented activities and projects – also thanks to international grants funding:<ul><li>Project “Bratislava is preparing to the climate change – the pilot application of the measures in the field of the sustainable rainwater management in urban area” (co-funded by the EEA Financial mechanism grant, realization 2014-2017), which besides the adaptation measures included also development of the Action plan of Bratislava city area for climate adaptation (approved by the city council in 4/2017) as well as communication activities with institutions, NGOs and public.</li><li>“RESIN - Climate Resilient Cities and Infrastructures” - interdisciplinary, a practice-based research project investigating climate resilience in European cities project co-funded by the EU Horizon 2020 Programme (realization 2015-2018), where Bratislava is one of four case cities of the project (Bratislava, Bilbao, Paris, Manchester). Through co-creation and knowledge brokerage between cities and researchers, the project is working on developing practical and applicable tools to support cities in designing and implementing climate adaptation strategies for their local contexts. The project aims to compare and evaluate the methods that can be used to plan for climate adaptation to move towards formal standardization of adaptation strategies.</li></ul>

    Success factors / lessons learnt

    The subsidy scheme for the purchase of rainwater management installations was taken up by the Covenant of Mayors initiative as one of the good practice examples for supporting the implementation of nature-based solutions on building level. By this subsidy the city encourages private home-owners to contribute to protecting the city from pluvial floods and property from damage. The goals are to motivative people to participate in climate change adaptation with support from the City´s budget since 2016. The maximum contribution is 1000 € per applicant or 50% of the total cost of the rainwater measure (project). Majority of implemented projects/measures represent different forms of SUDs, green roofs or rain gardens. Lessons learned: -&gt; Mind the time management: planning – administration (!) - realisation phase. -&gt; Planning: involve specialists or experts from different fields to avoid future complications in the realisation phase and setbacks on the pathway. -&gt; Communication: not only towards the public but also towards other governance bodies and municipal organisations. -&gt; Learning by doing: for example using a subsidy system to support implementation of adaptation measures on the household level or private sector. Bratislava is running a subsidy scheme for supporting sustainable use of rainwater. -&gt; Co-creation: can be done with research organisations, but also together with the citizens – for example: participatory designs of new public spaces which can contribute to better quality of living but also help reduce climate change risks.

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    Comment on location

    Bratislava city is the capital of the Slovak Republic and political, cultural and economic centre of Slovakia. The city is located in central Europe in south-western Slovakia, occupying both banks of the Danube River.

    Ecosystem (s) impacted
    Hazard(s) concerned
    Other challenges
    Climate adaptation
    Contact person
    Office of the Chief City Architect: architekt@bratislava.sk
    Organizations involved in the implementation of the action

    Bratislava the capital of the Slovak Republic; Boroughs of Bratislava City; Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University Bratislava; Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute; Bratislava self-governing region

    Financial aspects

    - “City of Bratislava is preparing to the climate change – the pilot application of the measures in the field of the sustainable rainwater management in urban area” project co-funded by the EEA Grants and Norway Grants Financial mechanism (realization 2014-2017).Project budget: Total eligible costs 3.295 mil. € including grant mil. 2.8 € www.bratislavazelenajsa.sk/?page_id=8&amp;lang=en- “RESIN - Climate Resilient Cities and Infrastructures” project co-funded by the EU Horizon 2020 Programme (realization 2015-2018), where Bratislava is one of four case cities of the project (Bratislava, Bilbao, Paris, Manchester).Project budget: 7.466 mil. € including grant for Bratislava city: 210 989 €. www.resin.eu- Bratislava city Small grant system for climate change adaptation measures on the household level: implemented by Bratislava city since 2016 with annual budget within the city funds budget up to 40 000 €.Eligible applicants: private homeowners, NGOs and businesses. The grant covers a maximum of 50% of total costs for the small project implementation.


    Case study report EEA grants supporting the city of Bratislava to implement climate adaptation measures (2016). Available at: https://climate-adapt.eea.europa.eu/metadata/case-studies/eea-grants-su… Scheme for the purchase of rainwater management installations. Available at: https://www.covenantofmayors.eu/index.php?option=com_attachments&amp;ta… H2020 RESIN project publications available at: http://www.resin-cities.eu/resources/resources/

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