The international municipal forum Partnerships for Climate Action offers a diverse program. It takes place from the 6th to 8th of March 2024.
The opening event on March 6th is aimed at an expanded circle of people from administration, politics, science and civil society organizations. The conference on March 7th and 8th is scheduled for excursions and intensive dialogues between experts in municipal climate protection.
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The forum will start with keynotes, impressions and discussions. We invite all interested people from administration, politics, science and civil society organizations to the district office.
The focus is on the following questions: How can municipal and regional administrations strengthen climate protection and climate change adaptation? What potential do partnerships and collaborations offer?
During the subsequent fingerfood, there will be opportunities for exchange and networking. A market of opportunities offers impulses for municipal climate protection and provides an ideal setting for discussions.
The conference for experts of municipal climate protection starts with excursions and workshops. Current challenges and solutions for climate protection and adaptation to climate impacts are examined from a practical perspective. Take a look at the various offers and register for your favorite.
Climate protection & mobility - from concept to implementation
The challenges for municipal climate protection are manifold: time pressure, limited resources, rapidly changing framework conditions and resistance to change. In order to be able to successfully shape the process on the way to climate neutrality, more and more municipalities are developing climate protection concepts. But do those really help in implementing measures as quickly as possible and exploiting all potential?
Using the topic of mobility - the biggest headache in meeting climate targets - various approaches from concept to implementation are discussed in a workshop.
Then we get down to the details with practical examples from different municipalities regarding mobility transition. During a guided tour at the district office in Ludwigsburg, the conversion of the administrative mobility management is explored. Afterwards, a city walk will take participants to future-oriented transport solutions in the city of Ludwigsburg - in particular to shared micromobility.
Energy & heating transition - new players and local partnerships
The energy transition is one of the greatest challenges of our time. In Germany, the heating transition is currently in the focus of politics, as shown by new legislative texts at federal and state level. Therefore, the focus of the excursion is also on the heating transition.
For cities and municipalities, municipal heat planning in accordance with the Heat Planning Act is the central tool for the heating transition. After planning, however, implementation also has to be realized in the form of the construction of heat networks or the installation of heat pumps in decentralized supply areas. For this reason, the excursion will include two successful projects, in which the first steps towards a sustainable operation of heat networks have already been taken. The first project will look at the heating transition from the perspective of a municipality. The second project is a company that feeds waste heat generated by industrial processes into a local heating network.
Brace for Impact - resilient against extreme weather events
Participants will be introduced to the challenges for civil protection posed by the effects of changing climate, such as flash floods, heat waves and vegetation fires, and will get a deep insight into projects handling them.
To this end, members of the volunteer firefighters will present the unique challenges vegetation fires pose and which new equipment and tactics they use to combat the emerging thread. Participants will get the chance to experience the difference to the old equipment at first hand.
Lastly, our forest rangers will explain on site how scorching heat waves and prolonged droughts are damaging the ecosystem that is our forest. They will explain how they keep up with their responsibility to cultivate forests that can withstand the effects of climate change and are preserved to be enjoyed by future generations.
Facing change - in agriculture and viticulture
The agricultural sector, like many other sectors, is strongly affected by climate change. Therefore, there is a need for appropriate adaptation measures, which will be examined using two concrete on-site examples.
The excursion will start with a thematic input on "Extinction of species in agriculture", which also interacts with climate change.
This will be followed by a presentation on an EIP project (European Innovation Partnership), in which the challenges of climate change on wine varieties will be presented. This will be followed by a visit to a terraced vineyard. Difficulties and possible opportunities for future management will be discussed here.
After lunch, a farm will be visited. The farm will show challenges in land management which farms are already facing and show options to deal with them.
The last day of the forum will focus on a professional exchange in a plenary session. We discuss the question of how different forms of partnership and cooperation can strengthen the implementation of municipal climate protection and adaptation to climate impacts. We provide you with ideas and inspiration for the implementation of practical projects.
The forum concludes with a joint lunch.