Managers, researchers and practice innovators are working on water governance in the Water Knowledge Action Programme to realise the transition to the circular city of the future. The approach is scientifically founded and socially supported, action-oriented and open to new partners and insights.
The importance of collaboration for a future-resilient city
Cities are vulnerable to change. The climate, the ecology and the economy are constant sources of new challenges. City managers, residents and researchers want cities that are sustainable and resilient, cities that are prepared for the future. Technical innovations are demonstrated in pilot projects, including decentralised and circular solutions. But is this knowledge in fact usable in other places and in other situations? Who is responsible for the next steps? Do these new developments clash with existing laws and regulations? Managers, residents and scientists have to work together to make the city future-resilient.
The Water Knowledge Action Programme conducts action-oriented research on the theme of water in the circular city of the future. More knowledge and insight is needed to establish a desirable balance and realise targeted change. To complement the technical innovations, in living labs and pilot projects we anticipate the future of the city’s management systems and the supporting knowledge infrastructure. In this way, we aim to make our cities more sustainable and resilient.
Development of the knowledge action network
The programme contributes to the further development of the knowledge action network concerning water in the circular city. It establishes new connections, strengthens existing relations and stimulates knowledge sharing in the network. At the same time, the programme produces new knowledge about governance strategies, system changes and risk distribution. Managers, policy-makers and practice innovators can use this knowledge to build towards the circular city.