SPONgE CITY DEVELOPMENT | 18 JUNE 2019
Climate resilient strategies for water sensitive cities
Program 3rd Edition, Tuesday June 18th 2019, Beijing (China)
INBAR Pavilion, International Horticultural Exhibition 2019 Beijing
Floriade Dialogue continues in June 2019 discussing the flood absorbing capacity of fast growing cities. Water management has become a major integrated focus of intensive urbanization. Flash floods have crippled cities with increasing climate unpredictability and unrivaled financial consequences. Urban floods cost billions of dollars per year in damage, with potent degrading impacts on social, environmental and economic stability.
An unprecedented opportunity exists now to reconsider cities as circular urban landscapes, with water as the central element. Cities have to be approached as catchment systems with an absorbance capacity provided by urban wetlands, sometimes accredited by Ramsar Convention, and greenspaces that provide environmental and agricultural benefits while storing superfluous valuable freshwater for groundwater recharge. Urbanization will be characterized by implementation of blue-green measures that use the power of natural infrastructure to solve drainage and heat problems; creating ‘Sponge Cities’. The expectations and objectives for this approach are high. China alone aimes to have 80% of its urban areas able to absorb and re-use at least 70% of rainwater by 2020.
Dialogue and Discussion:
- Scaling up investments in water supply and integrated urban water cycle
- Sustainable Urban Drainage and Groundwater Systems
- Urban design to minimize environmental degradation
- Sponge City aesthetics and recreational appeal
10.00-10.05 Opening / Vision Floriade Dialogue 2018-2022
Moderator Loek Hermans, Chair Dutch Topteam Horticulture and Starting Materials, The Netherlands
Jan-Kees Goet, Secretary-General Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, The Netherlands
10.15-10.30 Benefits of Urban Wetlands and scaling up the Sponge City approach
Harry den Hartog, urban designer and researcher at Tongji University, China
10.30-10.45 Effective management of groundwater recharge for urban and agriculture development in Hebei Province China.
Dr Pan Zeng Hui , Director of Water Resources Dept., Hebei Province Institute of Water Science, China
10.45-11.00 Implementation: Policy influencing all actors: spatial development, water saving, reclaimed water and water quality.
Che Wu, Beijing University’s Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, China (TBC)
11.15-11.30 Cases Wuhan Water Authority for its Sponge City programme – Visions & Projects.
WenMei Ha (Dubbelaar), Director Water Management Arcadis China
11.30-11.45 Cases, Green Infrastructure Master Plan Udon Thani, Thailand – Visions & Projects.
Ignacio Ortinez, principal of estudioOCA, Thailand
11.45-12.30 Interactive Dialogue Session
12.30-12.45 Closing remarks and information on afternoon program
13.00-14.00 Lunch (Informal)
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