Climate Change and Territory: Towards the Adaptation Plan for the Metropolitan City of Milan

18:00 Tuesday 28 May




Eugenio Morello (Italy) 1; Francesco Musco (Italy) 1; Stefano Caserini (Italy) 1; Nicola Colaninno (Italy) 1; Filippo Magni (Italy) 1; Denis Maragno (Italy) 1; Giada Messori (Italy) 1

1 - Laboratorio di Simulazione Urbana Fausto Curti

The poster presents the outcomes of a research project leaded by the Metropolitan City of Milan, aiming at initiating the adaption planning path at the metropolitan level. The work aimed at:

  1. Providing the current state of the art of local governance involvement, analyzing in depth the mitigation planning experience resulting from the Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) and the more recent perception and practice on adaptation planning.
  2. Providing original geo-referenced vulnerability maps and climate modeling for identifying climate-related vulnerabilities with particular focus on heat waves and hydrological hazards, like flooding and heavy precipitation.
  3. Testing local pilot areas, through meta-design solutions based on a catalog of practical green and blue measures, with particular reference on peri-urban residential and productive areas.
  4. Disseminating knowledge on adaptation over the territory through workshops, seminars and technical courses offered to local officers and decision makers.
  5. Envisioning new forms of adaptation governance to avoid fragmentation at municipal level and proposing instead an aggregated strategy for the metropolitan city with local action through tangible adaptation measures.

Outcomes show that adaptation planning is still not perceived as an urgent topic on the political agenda of local municipalities; moreover, local governance cannot rely on sufficient human and financial resources to carry out climate plans, and the use of external consulting in the recent past for conduction mitigation plans did not produce local technical capacity. A new coordination role for the metropolitan city is proposed whereby the central governance supports local municipalities in the production of baselines and inventories, vulnerability maps and strategies over the different areas of the territory, recognizing local peculiarities and recurrent morphologies and providing tailored solutions; local municipalities should be responsible for local action, given the profound knowledge of local situations, capacities and capabilities.