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Finnish Meteorological Institute: Guidelines for sustainable spatial planning and urban design by enhancing synergies between climate change mitigation and adaptation

The aim of this action is to develop Guidelines that integrate sustainable spatial planning and urban design from the viewpoints of climate change mitigation and adaptation.

As groundwork in the process of developing planning guidelines, the FMI and SYKE have prepared a review of relevant literature on adaptation and mitigation interventions at the city and neighbourhood levels. The literature review finalized in 2019. It provides base material for the upcoming co-design process.

A series of interviews with the City of Turku will be held in spring 2020 to identify key successes and challenges in adaptation and mitigation planning. 

The work of the sub-project is divided into four actions:

  1. Collecting and linking R&D relevant results to urban policy practice
  2. Organization of planning and design charrettes and policy interaction workshops
  3. Development of guidelines: spatial planning and urban design
  4. Dissemination of guidelines

The guidance will help cities and other stakeholders to:

  • carry out weather and climate risk assessments
  • move toward sustainable climate-proof spatial planning and urban design, and
  • plan for sustainable urban economic development.

The Guidelines will help practitioners to take into account also sustainable urban development in terms of population density, spatial growth, land use, and building qualities, as well as incorporation of urban ecosystem services in urban planning and design, socially-beneficial allocation of resources in relation to the management of weather and climate-sensitive risks. In integrating mitigation and adaptation in urban planning and design, the Guidelines will also include elements of the sharing economy and implied use of urban space.

The Guidelines will be developed by combining planning and design charrettes (‘charrettes’ are intensive co-creation sessions where citizens, designers and others collaborate on a vision for neighbourhood or city development and agree on specific plans and designs to achieve it), and policy integration workshops, with results and experiences gained in research and development projects.

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Time frame

January 2019–September 2024


More information

  • Head of Group Saara Lilja-Rothsten, Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI, firstname.lastname@fmi.fi, tel. +358 50 344 6066
Published 2019-02-20 at 10:11, updated 2021-01-19 at 11:44
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