We will help municipalities talk about water

News, 19/08/2021

The teams of the University Centre for Energy-Efficient Buildings of the Czech Technical University and the Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem continue the joint creation of the Water in the City publication and collaborate on another project that will support the implementation of a sustainable approach to rainwater management.

The aim of the publication entitled Water in the city: Methodology for managing rainwater in connection with green infrastructure is to guide city representatives in the preparation, planning, implementation and maintenance of measures for managing rainwater (HDV) in connection with blue and green infrastructure. The methodology can be downloaded from the website www.vodavemeste.cz.

We are now working together to find the right form of communicating the importance of these measures from the municipalities to their citizens. We believe that good communication between cities and the public is a basic prerequisite for effective planning, greater enforceability and a better understanding of the meaning of specific building plans. In practice, however, there are still a number of barriers to the involvement of citizens in the planning and implementation of HDV measures. This is manifested, among other things, in the fact that the public is not sufficiently informed and identified with the meaning of some steps taken by local governments.

As part of the new project Municipalities talk about water: Communication of the implementation of rainwater management measures in cities, our goal is to support the correct communication of individual plans, such as tree planting, application of permeable and semi-permeable materials, etc.

The project is again based on a multidisciplinary approach and the connection of researchers from various social science and technical fields (sociology, economics, marketing, public administration, urban planning).