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Which challenge is the application directed towards?

The partnership is directed towards the challenge of adapting cities to a changed climate, and thus it operates within the topic of energy, climate and environmental technologies. The partnership will contribute to realising the vision of Denmark as a climatically strong and green winner nation and establish Denmark as the global demonstratorium for viable water technologies, system solutions and integrated water resource administration. The goal is to develop, document and present technologies and planning tools for climatic adaptation of existing urban areas in Europe, USA and Australia, and for development of new, climatically strong cities in countries in financial and institutional transition, such as China and the Middle East. The main challenge is to adapt cities to changed precipitation and temperature condition and at the same acknowledge and support the function of the city as a centre for financial, cultural and social activities. Both conventional as well landscape based adaptation methods will be applied. In continuation of this, the Partnership focuses on technologies and planning tools for protection and utilisation of water environments in connection with urban areas. Habitats and species in the surrounding surface recipients must be protected against sewer overflow, diffuse contamination, erosion and drying-out, while the aquifer must be protected against qualitative deterioration and harmful changes in flow balances. The protective aspect relates to reduction of health risks and the productive effect of water, both directly as a visible and recreational element in the blue-green structures of the city, and indirectly as communication, identity and innovation stimulating element.

The idea is to create a triple helix constellation for innovation with the municipal water infrastructures as focal point for the physical adaptation, and the global market for viable urbanism as the common commercial and trade promoting motivating force.

The progressive initiatives of the country within research and urban development constitute the initial take-off. Thus, it is the task of the Partnership to create a coherent structure for research and development, professional dating and matchmaking, idea development and testing, documentation and evaluation, international marketing and fact-finding, knowledge sharing and education. The generated results and network will contribute to increasing the climatic robustness of Danish cities and to the protection of the Danish water environment. At the same time the Partnership will strengthen, demonstrate and profile Denmark’s world class position within environmental technology, evaluation tools, city planning and welfare thinking.

Denmark must be geared to constitute a demonstratorium for analysis and synthesis within urban climate adaptation and relating environmental technologies, and all participants must be made experts in innovation, data documentation and presentation. The core value is a common comprehension of competences in the business world, in the research world and with public authorities and utility companies as each other’s basis for the iterative process which can gradually transform modern welfare states into viable units. The method of the Partnership is characterised by cyclical inclusion of the whole innovation chain, i.e. an innovation method where initiatives and technologies are tested by the utility and administration participants, the results are evaluated and proposed further developed by research and knowledge institutions, and the promising solutions are extracted and marketed nationally and internationally by the business world, all based on systematic knowledge sharing across institutions and disciplines. In a continuous reflection with national authorities the opportunities of the public participants for stimulating innovation and growth through a wise, dialogue-based regulation and innovative demand are explored.

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