Exploitation in CCA & DDR – clustering and discussion

11:15 Wednesday 29 May


Room S10


Rita Andrade (Portugal) 2; Marco Hartman (Netherlands) 1; Elena Lopez-Gunn (Spain) 3; Marta Rica (Spain) 3; Andrea Geyer-Scholz (Austria) 4; Jolijn Van Engelenburg (Netherlands) 5; Erik Van Slobbe (Netherlands) 6; Petra Hellegers (Netherlands) 6

1 - BRIGAID project; 2 - BINGO project; 3 - NAIAD project; 4 - CLARITY project; 5 - VITENS; 6 - Water Systems and Global Change Group, Wageningen University & Research

Research and innovation in Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is a growing field, with an increasingly number of projects dedicated to understanding the impacts of climate change and developing solutions to either adapt to or mitigate these impacts. However, one of the most demanding challenges in research and innovation in these (and many other) areas is ensuring the sustainability of the results after the projects’ completion.

How can we extract as much value (ideas, methodologies, products, services) from these results as possible? How to make them self-sustaining? Can they be monetised, further developed, used in other research? How do we reach the end-users?

Exploitation strategies aim to answer these questions by defining the results which are truly exploitable, and not specific for the context of the project itself.

This means identifying and clustering target audiences and their needs and designing structured action plans that involve transforming the results into outputs adapted to the audience it is aimed for (guidelines, workshops, technical factsheets, portfolio, business plan, etc) and disseminating them through the appropriate channels.

Consequently, the exploitation has taken a significant position in research and innovation, as investments on such projects aim to maximise and proliferate the value created through the work developed.

Establishing synergies between researchers and other stakeholders is crucial, not only to be aware of the exploitation strategies of other projects and how they can be of use to different projects, but also to understand how one project’s results can be complemented with another project’s results.

This session aims to put together projects in a clustering and discussion space where different results are clustered and exploitation strategies discussed.

The objective is to present both achieved and desired results and the strategies for the exploitation of such results from projects which have similar topics in CCA & DRR. Through these presentations, synergies in exploitation could be discussed and established and the visibility of a CCA & DRR landscape ignited.

The expected outcomes are:

  • To recognise and raise awareness of existing and planned results among the public;
  • To create new synergies between the projects and the audience, (i.e. among investors, companies, SMEs, policy makers, decision makers, researchers);
  • To encourage public and collective reflection on a pertinence of results for the end-users;
  • To discuss exploitation strategies and their approaches in sustainability (scalability, replication, adapting and replication to other projects);
  • To cluster results and discuss and plan possible joint exploitation actions.

Target audience

  • Researchers and technical staff in the area of Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Investors
  • SMEs and other private companies who could develop/monetise/use some of the work produced by the projects
  • Consultants for spatial planning, project development
  • Policy makers and decision makers who want to understand results and what tools could be available for their activities

Proposed format for the session.

    • Introduction and presentation of the projects, focusing on exploitation
      4 speakers, 5 minutes each (20 min)
    • World café session – 4 tables hosted by each of the authors with 4 exploitation approaches (approaches to be defined)
      There will be 2 sessions of 15 minutes for each table, allowing participants to move around tables and address different topics. (30 minutes total)

      • Exploitation by users – Bingo (Rita)
      • Commercial exploitation – Brigaid (Marco)
      • Networks and markets – Clarity (Andrea)
      • Policy impact – Naiad (Elena)
  • Authors will present 3 key messages from each table
    3 messages per table (10 minutes)
  • EASME views and experience
    (5-10 minutes)
  • Open discussion, led by EASME
    (25-30 minutes)
  • Wrap up and closure by EASME
    (5 minutes)

Contributing Authors abstracts

1. Rita Andrade, Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovaç㍋o (SPI) – BINGO project’s exploitable results and exploitation plan

The BINGO project has been dedicated to understanding the impacts of climate change in water resources based on decadal predictions. To achieve this, it developed several methodologies, from collaborative management methodology to guidance on the use of hydro models. These BINGO methodologies are the fundamental exploitable output of the project and can be transferred to different types of stakeholders. BINGO’s exploitation strategy is focused on exploiting and spreading the project results so they can be used in diverse contexts and situations by relevant stakeholders, who will turn the project results into research activities and promote them to local, regional, national or international stakeholders. The current approach to the exploitation strategy was defined through consultation with all the partners, which concluded that the strategy would not be focused on developing a ‘business-focused’ approach. Thus, the main aim of BINGO exploitation strategy is to spread the project outputs and results to the relevant stakeholders so that the knowledge that is generated by the project has a long running impact beyond the research sites and can be used in different activities and circumstances.

2. Andrea Geyer-Scholz, Smart Cities Consulting (SCC), Austria – CLARITY project’s exploitation strategy

CLARITY proposes a way to mainstream the process of climate-proofing urban infrastructure projects and lower the average cost of climate risk, impact and adaptation strategy studies.

This will be achieved by a combination of an easy-to-use screening service helping the users to understand when and why they need to include detailed climate adaptation planning in their projects and present their needs in a form that is understandable for “experts”. In the next step, the myclimateservices.eu marketplace will propose the relevant actors for tailored “expert” services that can perform such detailed planning, assess or implement the adaptation measures.

CLARITY ambition is to bridge the gap between high quality research results with innovation potential and practitioners in need of operational solutions and to foster market uptake of climate services. The exploitation strategy focuses on commercialization to maintain viability beyond project«s lifetime.

Myclimateservices.eu marketplace will consider the pluralistic business motivations of relevant actors like urban – and spatial planners, architects, engineers, solution providers from several industries and people from the financial sector. The consortia itself represents various roles in the climate services value chain. Complementing the joint vision to leverage the project’s scientific and innovation outputs each partner is committed to promote the results.

3. Elena Lopez Gunn, ICATALIST

NAIAD project aims to operationalise the insurance value of ecosystems to reduce the human and economic cost of water-related natural hazards and water related risks like floods and droughts. For this general aim, NAIAD is developing an evaluation framework of Nature Based Solutions (NBS), considering the physical, environmental, economic and social constituencies along its life cycle. NAIAD is working in nine Demos at different spatial scales from an urban perspective (the smallest Demo covers 4 ha) to small river catchments and to entire river basins (16,000 km2). Within this range, there is also a social and technical gradient of Demos, from those where NBS have been already implemented to those where the stakeholders are even not aware of the NBS options. The project is assessing through different techniques, the water-related natural hazards in each Demo, developing a new tool (Eco:actuary) that will be able to analyse global risk portfolios with consistent multi-hazard analysis and data, focused on process-based and spatially specific information to evaluate the role of NBS.We will present the exploitation plan for NAIAD which is focused on a series of tools (EcoActuary and the IVE platform), a Natural Assurance assessment framework, Tailored Guidelines, a MOOC and the development of Natural Assurance Schemes. The legacy of the project in terms of knowledge advancements will also be presented.

4. Jolijn Van Engelenburg (Vitens); Erik Van Slobbe and Petra Hellegers (Water Systems and Global Change Group, Wageningen University & Research)

Objective: Sustainable Development Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation, aims at safe and affordable drinking water, sustainable drinking water supply, improving water quality, integrated water resources management, and protection of water-related ecosystems. To reach these global targets, it is important to understand current and future sustainability challenges in drinking water abstraction on a local scale and how to adapt to these challenges. Vitens, a Dutch drinking water company, made an effort to operationalize sustainability for local drinking water abstraction, using Multi-Criteria Analysis to identify the risks climate change and other future developments pose to their local drinking water abstractions, and to compose an adaptation agenda. In this research we aim to develop an integrated assessment framework to identify the sustainability challenges and adaptation options for a local drinking water abstraction, using lessons learned from this current practice.

Method: We studied the Vitens case and combined the lessons learned from this current practice with scientific knowledge on sustainability, to define sustainable local drinking water abstraction. To develop an integrated assessment framework for adaptation planning, we identified scenarios with main future developments that affect the sustainability of local drinking water abstractions, and adaptation options and their impact to sustainability. Finally we applied the framework to a number of local drinking water abstractions to test the framework.

Results: The definition of sustainable local drinking water abstraction includes characteristics from the socioeconomic, physical and technical system. Relevant future developments for local drinking water abstraction are: growing water demand, water saving, land use change, climate change, and energy transition. In the assessment framework, the current sustainability of a local drinking water abstraction is combined with scenarios for the future to identify the sustainability challenges. Adaptation options can improve supply security and resilience, mitigate or reduce the impact of abstraction, or protect and restore raw water quality.

Conclusions: From our research, we conclude that the assessment framework helps to understand the complexity of sustainable local drinking water abstraction and can support the adaptation planning process. Because local drinking water abstractions are strongly embedded in their environment, all relevant stakeholders should be involved in the planning process. The impact of the adaptation options that protect and restore water quality to the sustainability of a local drinking water abstraction, may only be noticeable after a long period of time. There are sustainability challenges where no adaptation options are available, such as the vulnerability of the abstraction.

5. Marco Hartman, HKV / Brigaid

BRIGAID provides integral support for climate adaptation innovations, focusing on climate-driven disasters like floods, droughts and extreme weather. BRIGAID is created to help climate innovators transit from smart ideas to successful inventions and businesses, so that these solutions can be adopted by governments and end-users alike.

One part of BRIGAID’s approach on doing that, is to make sure the innovations are ‘investment ready’ and receive guidance on funding opportunities and business strategy. BRIGAID leads to business plans, thereby increasing the chances of a successful market introduction.

Exploitation strategies therefore are a key part of our approach, embedded in the project. We will present BRIGAID products (such as the online Marketing Analysis Framework and the Public-Private Investment and Financing model, which have already been developed) and discuss the benefits they bring to innovators. These products have been tested and improved in practice. Furthermore, they are being used to outline the project’s exploitation strategy, helping to identify and evaluate a number options to sustain the project’s results. These concrete options include expressions of interest and willingness by both internal and external organizations to adopt, exploit and further develop (parts of) our approach and tools in their operations.