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Source: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear SafetyThe Federal Environment Ministry and the Federal Environment Agency have awarded the winning projects of the “Blue Compass” competition as part of the digital conference “Climate Resilient in the Future”.

“Blauer Kompass” competition as part of a specialist conference on the German adaptation strategy

A resilient “climate forest”, urban green as a cool “oasis” in the middle of a hot city, “climate building materials” from natural resources and a coaching program for municipalities on climate change adaptation – these are the winners in this year’s “Blue Compass” competition. The projects will be honored today as part of the digital conference “Climate resilient in the future” by the Federal Environment Ministry and the Federal Environment Agency. Over 550 registered participants will also be discussing the implementation of the second progress report on the German Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change. Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze: “Certain consequences of climate change cannot be avoided even with the greatest efforts in climate protection. It is therefore important that Germany adapts to these consequences. The good news is that many adaptation measures also contribute to the quality of life in Germany. This year’s winners of the Blue Compass competition also show this: Green areas can reduce heat, protect water-permeable roads from flooding and invite climate-proof forests to relax. ”Prof. Dr. Dirk Messner, President of the Federal Environment Agency: “This year it became particularly clear what remarkable adaptability our society has. With today’s conference we would like to show that we as a society are able to exploit this potential for change, including when adapting to earth overheating, in order to carry out effective climate protection. The on-site projects in particular show how innovative people are – and the federal government must continue to support them. ”At the conference, a wide range of experts from the federal, state and local governments, from associations and companies, scientists and researchers will be discussing Scientists and educational institutions in four sessions on ways of implementing climate adaptation on site. The main topics of the conference are the prevention of conflicts of use during drought, nature-based solutions for dealing with heavy rain and heat in cities, the health protection of groups at risk of climate change as well as communication and participation in specific adaptation projects. The best practical examples from the past two years will be awarded the Blue Compass in the afternoon.

Winner of the Blue Compass 2020Category 1: private or municipal companies HanseGrand Klimabaustoffe, 27446 Selsingen – “Climate building materials as a reaction to climate change”: The development of climate building materials has made new, open-pored path surfaces possible. The water and air permeability of the climate building materials promotes a positive microclimate. This is especially necessary in urban areas. Award-winning filmCategory 2: Education and research facilitiesBayreuth Center for Ecology and Environmental Research (BayCEER), 95448 Bayreuth – “Bayreuth Climate Forest”: With the Climate Forest, a resilient forest has emerged in Bayreuth. By storing CO2, it can not only make a positive contribution to climate protection, but also tolerate a temperature rise of at least 2 degrees Celsius. In this way, it is optimally adapted to climatic changes. Award-winning film category 3: Clubs, foundations and associations Foundation for Ecology and Democracy e. V., 67705 Trippstadt (Pfalz) – “KlimawandelAdaptungsCOACH RLP”: The project advises and supports selected municipalities and districts in Rhineland-Palatinate in adapting to the consequences of climate change as well as in integrating the topic into administrative processes. Eugen Kaiser School), 63452 Hanau: “GLEKS – Green Learning Landscapes Eugen Kaiser School”: GLEKS is a large green project of the Eugen Kaiser Vocational School, which serves as a place of learning and meeting place for the school and the district. The focus is on urban green as a real contribution to a solution for sustainable urban development

11/06/2020 | Press release No. 198/20 | Climate protection

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