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The CHAMP project (2009-2012) has now ended and we thank all pilot cities,project partners that took part in developing new capacities to local climate change response around Europe. All project material will be available in the future through the portal.

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You can also read more about the project results in the last CHAMP newsletter and CHAMP Layman's report. Both include insights to main results of the project, reflections of the CHAMP final conference and thoughts about the future and how the good work will be kept up after project lifetime.

Just in time – the German CHAMP Final conference has taken place

The German CHAMP final conference has taken place on 26 April 2012 in Mainz. The event was hosted by the Federal Ministry for environment and agriculture of the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

As the German CHAMP trainings had a focus on communities in Rhineland-Palatinate, it was a good opportunity to hold the final conference there. The conference was organized as an expert workshop, where practitioners from 10 cities have exchanged their experiences on using the IMS. In parallel to the CHAMP project, the experiences will be further incorporated in a regional initiative called [Nachhaltigkeit Kommunal. This is an initiative from the ministry in cooperation with ICLEI to foster local sustainability in Rhineland-Palatinate in the future.

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European resolution ‘Making cities resilient’ adopted

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe has adopted the resolution Making cities resilient based on a report drafted by ICLEI Europe on behalf of the Congress. The new text supports the United Nations World Disaster Reduction Campaign. This initiative is aimed at raising awareness among citizens and local governments on the benefits of reducing urban risks, integrating the potential disaster risk into cities’ planning to protect critical infrastructure.

In the resolution the Integrated Management System (IMS), which has been the backbone of the CHAMP dissemination and training activities, has been highlighted as an organizational framework for strategy building and implementation on local level. By placing the IMS in the resolution, the CHAMP project and the management system itself gained international visibility and recognition.

The Congress welcomes ICLEI’s decision to hold annual congresses to share knowledge and experience on resilient cities, and instructs its Current Affairs Committee to continue its partnership with the organisation. The new resolution has been forwarded to the Council of Europe Committee and Holger Robrecht, Sustainability Management Director at German CHAMP partner ICLEI Europe, has present the organisation’s views in Strasbourg (France) on 26 April 2012.

The last CHAMP newsletter is out!

The last CHAMP newsletter is out!

The fifth and last CHAMP newsletter has been published. The newsletter includes an insight to our main results, reflections of the CHAMP final conference and thoughts about the future and how the good work will be kept up after project lifetime.

Read more in the CHAMP newsletter.

CHAMP Layman's report has been published

The CHAMP project is coming to an end, and the Layman's report has been published. It will give information of the activities and results of the past three years, in a short and understandable format.

Download the publication here: CHAMP Layman's report.

CHAMP Final conference is over!

The CHAMP Final online conference "European Climate Champions" is over!
Thank you to all partners and speakers for contributing and to all participants for taking part in this new experience.

You can find all materials and the recorded Live stream at the conference website and we are happy to still receive your feedback!