LIFE Critical is a LIFE funded program and stands for Climate Resilience Through Involvement of loCAL citizens
The innovative approach addresses the problems that these neighborhoods face with regard to adaptation by exploiting the potential of nearby parks for climate adaptation. Crucial for this approach is the proactive involvement of citizens and co-ownership, because without their support the changes to the parks are difficult to realize.
This is demonstrated in two cities: Wielwijk in Dordrecht and Greater Horton in Bradford. 7 EU cities showed direct interest in this project, of which Ghent (B) and Bergen (N) will participate in the transferability action. In addition, the participation of applicants in EU-wide urban networks ensures that results are widely disseminated and can be replicated. Unique to this Life project is the extensive monitoring program, to provide solid evidence of the impact of the measures demonstrated on the quality of life in the neighborhoods.
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Ellen Kelder leads the Blue Green City team for the City of Dordrecht. In this interview she shares some best practices for climate adaptation based on the city’s extensive experience with initiatives like LIFE CRITICAL.
LIFE CRITICAL marked a significant milestone with the launch of its first Citizen Science Festival in Dordrecht this September. The event, strategically aligned with the city’s Neighbourhood Day, witnessed enthusiastic participation from a range of community members.
Berry Gersonius is a policy advisor to the City of Dordrecht for their Blue Green City initiative. In this interview he spotlights the importance of climate adaptation and the role replication and knowledge sharing play in these initiatives.