The beautiful and vibrant city of Gothenburg is expecting 150 000 new inhabitants the next 20 years. New apartments, working places and service facilities will be built. The city is at the same time vulnerable, situated on the North Sea coast and passed by the biggest river in Sweden. Water has since the founding of the city 400 years ago played a most important role for the city planning, and will do so also in the future.
ICLEI is a partner of the conference Embrace the Water, which aims at gathering urban planners and water professionals from around the globe in order to share experiences and projects on the opportunities and threats of water in modern, sustainable and innovative cities. The conference contributes to celebrating the Gothenburg 400 year’s jubilee, and to the IWA Cities of the Future programme.
Given the focus on integrated planning, the conference will aim for an even distribution between city planning staff, water professionals, and other urban professionals. Attendees and presenters will all share knowledge and experience from their own perspective ranging from academia, administration, project planning and design, or operations.