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On 31 July 2014, the Freiburg regional council published the flood risk management plans needed for the Upper Rhine catchment area from Weil to Iffezheim. In the worst possible scenario, more than 230,000 people would be affected if an extreme flooding event were to occur in this area. Additionally, many traffic routes would no longer be usable. All this indicates clearly that only action by the Federal State, local government and other public...

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INFRASTRUKTUR & UMWELT (IU), working together with two partner offices in Darmstadt, ENERGIE & HAUS and WERK.UM, was commissioned by the town of Griesheim to prepare a neighbourhood plan for the south-eastern parts of the town. We have already reported <<< here >>> on the start of the project at the beginning of 2014.  Since then, the project has come a long way, and the first interim results could be presented to stakeholders from the...

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INFRASTRUKTUR & UMWELT assisted with the running of the first Baden-Württemberg Flood Day by preparing and moderating the forum dealing with flood-appropriate planning and building next to rivers. More than three hundred participants learned more about dealing with flood risks in the context of local planning and urban development.

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Since 2009, INFRASTRUKTUR & UMWELT (IU), working together with Hydrotec (Aachen), has provided support to the North Rhine-Westphalia Environment Ministry and the five district governments in North Rhine-Westphalia in relation to the implementation of the EU Flood Risk Management Directive and the drawing up of the relevant maps and plans. In addition to the preparation of resources and guidelines for the whole of North Rhine-Westphalia, this...

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On 27 and 28 February 2014, as part of a project relating to flood risk management in the Shkodër region in northern Albania, the first regional workshop was held with the aim of getting stakeholders involved in the regional flood risk management process. Representatives from seven communities as well as from various regional and national authorities and other interest groups took part in the workshop. The aim is to set up a flood risk management...

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Back in 1994, the town of Dreieich became a member the Climate Alliance of European Cities with Indigenous Rainforest Peoples (‘Climate Alliance‘ for short), thereby committing itself voluntarily to reducing CO2 emissions. The idea behind the climate plan is to work out more concrete goals for climate action and develop specific measures to realise them. In January 2014, INFRASTRUKTUR & UMWELT (IU) was commissioned to develop an integrated...

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On 12 February 2014, the Saxony State Ministry of the Interior hosted the first LABEL-X-tra workshop and the third LABEL-follow-up workshop. INFRASTRUKTUR & UMWELT will oversee the project partnership of the INTERREG IV B project LABEL beyond the end of the funding period in order to enable continued monitoring of the implementation of project findings and further collaboration. This occasion therefore involved discussions about the current state...

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INFRASTRUKTUR & UMWELT (IU) has been commissioned by the relevant ministries of the Federal States of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Brandenburg to develop a programme of cooperation with the neighbouring regions in Poland in line with the aims of the European Regional Development Fund concerning European territorial cooperation during the 2014-2020 funding period – also sometimes referred to as INTERREG V A. Under commission from the Mecklenburg-V...

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In the autumn of 2014, the “competition for model German-Polish cooperation projects” – which is being run by INFRASTRUKTUR & UMWELT (IU) under commission from the German Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) and in cooperation with the Polish Ministry for Infrastructure and Development (MIR) – will come to its conclusion against the backdrop of a two-day conference. The BMVI has entrusted IU with preparing, running and...

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INFRASTRUKTUR & UMWELT was commissioned by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH to develop climate change adaptation strategies for three Balkan capital cities, namely Podgorica (Montenegro), Tirana (Albania) and Belgrade (Serbia). What are the expected impacts of climate change? Average temperatures will increase, heat waves will become more frequent, as will heavy precipitation events, although the overall...

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The Mecklenburg Lake District is one of the regions of Germany that has been particularly affected by the closure of military facilities in the wake of structural reform of the German armed forces. By 2019 at the latest, four military bases – in Stavenhagen, Rechlin, Trollenhagen and Neubrandenburg – will have been transferred, either in whole or in part, to the Institute for Federal Real Estate. Besides involving the loss of thousands of jobs,...

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The town of Griesheim has been active for many years in the field of climate protection, and it has now commissioned INFRASTRUKTUR & UMWELT along with two other Darmstadt-based firms, ENERGIE & HAUS und WERK.UM, to formulate a “neighbourhood plan” for south-eastern parts of the town. The project will be financed as part of the “Modernizing Urban Energy Use” funding programme run by the Frankfurt-based KfW bank.  © Town of Griesheim The plan...

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Like many other parts of Albania and Montenegro, the Shkodër region has experienced several dramatic flooding events during recent years. In 2010, the entire region was heavily flooded. Most recently, in the spring of 2013, extensive low-lying areas of the Drini-Buna delta in northern Albania were under water for up to 58 days. In October 2013, INFRASTRUKTUR & UMWELT (IU) was commissioned by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale...

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INFRASTRUKTUR & UMWELT (IU) has been commissioned by the Saxony State Office for Environment, Agriculture and Geology to provide technical and organisational support for the cross-border, EU-funded STRIMA project (Saxonian-Czech Flood Risk Management Forum). This involves a network of expert bodies, communities and other authorities that are associated with flood risk management, drawn from the region along the border between Saxony and the Czech...

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Scandria Alliance is a transnational network for transport and regional development connecting more than 100 partners between Scandinavia and the Adriatic Sea.  The networking partners from local and regional authorities, transport and logistic suppliers as well as from knowledge institutions successfully worked together within several EU projects – mainly in the field of transport and logistics (Scandria, SoNorA, Transitects and Coinco). To...

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The annual Forum of Trans-European Transport Policy (TEN-T Days) took place in Tallinn on 16-18 October 2013. More than 1,400 participants, including Transport Ministers, Members of the European Parliament, and transport related companies, joined the Forum to discuss new developments within the European transport sector. As the forum highlight the new TEN-T Core  Network Corridor maps had been launched under the supervision of EU Commission...

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14th/15th June 2013; Berlin – Warsaw - Kaunas Last weekend, following three years of successful cooperation, the Interreg IV B Rail Baltica Growth Corrider Project came to a successful conclusion.  During the two-day closing conference – consisting of a public conference in the Berlin Town Hall and a subsequent train journey from Berlin to Kaunas – the project successes were celebrated and required action and further plans regarding the Rail...

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The symposium was prepared and implemented at the technical and organisational level by INFRASTRUKTUR & UMWELT (IU) under commission from the North Rhine-Westphalia Environment Ministry. The large number of participants – 350 in all, from various levels of local government and other participating institutions – demonstrated clearly that there is a huge demand for exchange of experiences and collaboration. The need for answers to questions...

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In December 2012, INFRASTRUKTUR & UMWELT, working together with Institut Wohnen und Umwelt GmbH (IWU), was commissioned to put together an integrated heat use plan. For years, the town of Hofheim am Taunus has been active in the field of energy saving measures and climate protection. Considerable savings have already been achieved, particularly on local government sites. As another form of local action, an integrated heat use plan is now going...

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On 22nd June 2012 a successful final conference of the project LABEL concluded, which was followed with great interest. Around 300 participants from Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Austria came together in the Chamber of the Saxon State Parliament to recognize the results of the project and discuss about the future of the Elbe catchment. Several high-level political representatives from Germany, as the Prime Minister of the Free...

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