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CATCH

Water sensitive Cities: the Answer To CHallenges of extreme weather events

CATCH stands for 'water sensitive Cities: the Answer To CHallenges of extreme weather events'. The overall objective of CATCH is to demonstrate and accelerate the redesign of urban water management of midsize cities in the North Sea Region in order to become climate resilient cities that are sustainable, liveable and profitable on the long term.

This will be achieved by the joint development of decision support tools that will support midsize cities to formulate long term climate adaptation strategies. The design of the tools is based on the specific needs and characteristics of midsize cities. The tools will be tested in the formulation, execution and evaluation in 7 pilots cities Zwolle (NL), Vejle (DK), Oldenburg (DE), Norwich (UK), Herentals (BE), Enschede (NL) and Arvike (SE).

CATCH addresses the special needs of midsize cities to deal with climate change adaptation and the resulting extreme weather events. In the North Sea Region 80% of the population live in urban areas of which a majority lives in midsize cities. Due to its scale, limited resources and expertise and tight connection with the surrounding region, midsize cities face a number of specific challenges to deal with climate change adaptation compared to large cities.