PREPARED - Prepared enabling change
The PREPARED project originates from the WSSTP (Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform) thematic working group Sustainable Water Management in Urban areas. WSSTP is a platform developed by the European Commission in 2004 and has the objectives to enhance competitiveness of the European water sector, to solve the European water problems and to contribute to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The stakeholders in WSSTP together developed a common Vision Document for the whole European water industry and a Strategic Research Agenda. Based on the work in WSSTP, PREPARED shall include the outcomes and recommendations of the Strategic Research Agenda. The PREPARED project is part of the realisation of the SRA and exploitation shall be done in line with the Implementation Plan of WSSTP. The PREPARED project is expected to confirm and demonstrate the technological preparedness of water supply and sanitation systems of ten cities in Europe to adapt to the expected impacts of climate change. PREPARED shall show that the water supply and sanitation systems of cities and their catchments can adapt and be resilient to the challenges of climate change; and that the technological, managerial and policy adaptation of these PREPARED cities can be cost effective, carbon efficient and exportable to other urban areas within Europe and the rest of the world. The PREPARED project is scheduled to deal with early warning systems, as well as short- and long-term response strategies for urban areas. The technological and managerial response opportunities in the project are intended to be developed in the context of environmental, social and economic perspectives.