SKINT has continued to work on their 3-in-1 plans that will be more easily accepted by project developers - combining spatial planning, water management and energy. In this context, a workshop on spatial planning, energy (sustainability) and water management "learning from abroad" took place involving spatial planners, sewer experts and experts on energy and sustainability. Municipalities participating in the workshop agreed to cooperate in solving their similar water management problems.
The project partner Abertay has been one of the key partners to the development of the new SUDS for Roads guidance for Scotland. This guidance is cutting edge and aimed primarily at local authorities and the development industry. New case studies have been developed to demonstrate best practice within sustainable drainage design, implementation and aftercare.
Development of the Water Town interactive learning model is being developed to illustrate a range of water related issues throughout Europe and incorporates two areas of innovation: the development of a user based interactive learning model and a best practice for urban water planning within the built environment.
October 2009 - March 2010
During the past period, SKINT started a co-operation with SAWA (Strategic Alliance for integrated Water management Actions, NSR), FRC (FloodResilienCity, NWE) and MARE (Managing Adaptive Responses to changing flood risk, NSR). The aim of this collaboration is the development of a common user focused web portal for dissemination of outputs.
SKINT was represented at the Aqua Alta International Conference and Exhibition on Climate Change and Flood protection in Hamburg in November 2009 as well as at the UN Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen with a side event on sustainable water management: Seminar "Climate Change + Sustainable Water Management". The SKINT website (www.skintwater.eu) is now online.
Within project implementations, good examples of multidisciplinary projects were defined and spatial feature maps with water management preconditions for urbanization were created. Furthermore four examples of good integration between water management and spatial planning were extensively investigated. A 'Skint Sustainability Survey' was carried out and a framework for sustainability assessment developed.
Good progress was made with Work Package 5 "Training the Champions of Change": The development of three online pilot courses has taken place and one (SUDS Concepts and Design Principles) has been successfully trialled. Also, the development of a prototype of an interactive animated catchments model has been completed. The model is designed to provide a range of different training scenarios for a wide range of professionals including water industry, local authority and emergency services and to provide an alternative means to develop learning.
April 2009 - August 2010
The project has had its kick off meeting where a partnership agreement and a project manual were signed and approved. In addition, a detailed work plan for all work packages was finalised. A SKINT website is available under www.skintwater.eu and a SKINT internal portal is on-line. The creation of a web-based and face-to-face training programme for future water and urban land use professionals has been initiatied through a review of good examples on e-training courses. In addition, a preliminary version of the the Scottish decision tool was assembled. The draft decision support system for sustainable urban drainage system (SUDS) for roads has been developed. Discussions on embedding a trainer within a number of Scottish local authorities were initiatied during the first phase of the project.
On 10th November 2010 a transnational workshop on “Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems” was held in Hamburg in the frame of the international water and climate change conference “acqua alta".
On 09th December, the specialist symposium on „Climate Change and Sustainable Water Management“ was held in Lyngby/Copenhagen as one of the many parallel events to the 15th United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP15). Hamburg University of Applied Sciences organized the event for which more than 40 international participants registered, whereas the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) kindly hosted it.
The seminar on Cultural Heritage and Water Management, held at Bryggen in Bergen (Norway) on June 8-9, 2010 has been a success. With almost 70 participants from a range of professional backgrounds, the seminar provided a successful platform for interdisciplinary discussions and knowledge exchange.