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Birgit

Georgi

Validated Lead Expert
Generic Skills
B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development: 
I have a deep and broadly integrated understanding of urban environment and sustainability due to almost 25 years of work experience as project manager for urban issues and urban adaptation to climate change in the European Environment Agency (EEA) and before at the Federal Environment Agency. I worked with urban development from different perspectives: climate change adaptation and mitigation, green infrastructure and biodiversity, urban design, resource efficiency, water, noise, air pollution, urban transport and always in an integrated way under concepts like quality of life or urban rehabilitation. I worked with projects and stakeholders across Europe over the last ten years and gained, thus an understanding of urban development perspectives in different European countries. I was, e.g., responsible for the EEA landmark reports “Quality of life in Europe’s cities” and “Urban adaptation to climate change in Europe”, among others. I supervised also various urban transport projects in German and other European cities and worked as a member of the evaluation committee of the European Green Capital Award and as advisor in different EU research projects such as CHAMP, SUME, RESIN. I gave numerous presentations, trainings, organised stakeholder meetings and developed further reports and tools, like the interactive map book urban vulnerability.
B1. Assessment: 
1 Demonstrated more than 2 years of experience with integrated and sustainable urban development. Applicant has almost 25 years of work experience as project manager for uban issues and urban adaptation to climate change in the EEA and before that at the Federal Environment Agency.
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level: 
I have worked as a project manager or supervisor over more than 20 years at the border between science and policy with a focus on testing and delivering knowledge for local stakeholders – also the ones beyond the directly involved ones. Many of these international projects delivered reports, papers, guidance and tools that enabled learning by other stakeholders, e.g., the EEA landmark report “Ensuring quality of life in European cities” (2009) and “Urban adaptation to climate change in Europe” (2012). Both are widely distributed in Europe and used by local national and European stakeholders as reference material and source of inspiration. I have also direct contact with local stakeholders by organising various European workshops and conferences, moderated and presented. E.g., I am responsible for the annual European Open Days Resilient Cities, a stakeholder event that puts staff from city administrations with their experience and needs first and enables the transnational exchange and learning. With my team, I figure out thematic needs to tailor the agenda. Interactive, open discussion are the main element, enabling us to stay close to the needs and not wasting time with less important issues. In the European Climate Adaptation Platform Climate-ADAPT, I am responsible for the design of the case studies that can inspire followers and are presented in a way that enables learning and I developed tools such as the interactive map book urban vulnerability.
B2. Assessment: 
1 Provided more than one significant transnational activity that demonstrates understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level (applicant organised European workshops and conferences, and was a project manager for more that 20 years for international projects that entails delivering knowledge for local stakeholders, applicant lists a few concrete projects and platforms)
B.3. Proficiency in English: 
I am fluent in English and can communicate effortless in written and orally. My daily working language is English at the European Environment Agency since 2007. Also before, I developed and have used English as a working language when supervising European projects, participating in international workshops, meetings and negotiations such as being part of the German delegation in UN negotiations (Biodiversity convention), UNECE THE PEP, EC and functioning as national contact point for transport for the EEA. I have written various papers as well as several comprehensive reports in English. I have given numerous presentations in smaller and bigger workshops, meetings and also high-level European conferences to different types of stakeholders and worked at several occasions as moderator. I am also fluent (orally and written) in Danish as I have lived in Denmark for 9 years. Furthermore, I can communicate in Spanish and French.
B3. Assessment: 
1 Sufficient proficiency in English
Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities:
C.3.1. Ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers: 
My main working areas like urban quality of life or urban adaptation are very complex and I have explained them to stakeholders across Europe in numerous meetings and presentations. One key presentation was on quality of life in Europe’s cities during a high-level EU conference “European cities and the global climate challenges” in 2009 in Stockholm that became a master presentation also for many others. I use primarily photos or make drawings to illustrate issues and recall associations or analogies, show maps, video clips and schemes, but little text. I often develop the schemes stepwise rather than presenting them at once. I try to present the core element of the concept and the interlinkages or cascading effects and cut down on details and leave them for additional text handouts, reports or for the discussion. Further examples are training sessions like in the EU cities adapt project, the Adaptation training school in Bilbao, or RAMSES, with many participants still little familiar with the topic or the perspective that I explained to them. In the CITIES Forum 2015, I explained to an audience with very different backgrounds the complexity of urban sustainable development, the challenges and the link to the EU Urban Agenda. I have recently developed an interactive map book on vulnerability to climate change that presents the complexity and interaction of many factors in a simple and manageable way. I presented it at stakeholder events like Mayors Adapt and Environinfo.
C3.1 Assessment: 
1 Provided relevant examples that demonstrates ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers (applicant uses photos, drawing, maps, video clips and schemes, and she developed and interactive map book on vulnerability to climate change)
C.3.2. Ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants: 
Cities have started autonomously to adapt to climate change, but would appreciate to learn from others. On the European Adaptation Platform Climate-ADAPT I am responsible for the case studies of adaptation action that shall inspire others. I revised the original presentation form and included categories like success factors, limitations, stakeholder participation in the description. The case studies are developed together with the municipality ensuring that they are down to earth and others can make use of it. For the two Open European Days Resilient Cities (2013 and 2014), I was supervising the development of the background paper to bring participants at the same minimum level of understanding as a starting point for the discussions. I also developed detailed storylines for the workshops as guidance for the interactive discussions. The storylines together with interviews of the speakers prior to the meeting enabled to steer the different sessions and produce the best outcome possible. My EEA reports on quality of life in Europe’s cities and on urban adaptation included mid-term reviews by stakeholders. Here, I explicitly asked for information we could take up or how to shape the information better. The interactive map book urban vulnerability, I produced, allows for cities comparisons and cluster analysis. These provoked questions and enabled discussions and discoveries.
C3.2 Assessment: 
1 Provided relevant examples that demonstrate the ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants to enable comparison, exchange, peer review, etc (revised original presentation form, developed detailed storylines for workshops and guidance)
C.3.3. Ability to capture learning for participants to take away: 
In 2013 and 2014, I led the writing of the meeting reports of the Open European Days Resilient Cities in which some 120 participants, in particular from municipalities, participated each. They summarise and synthesise the discussions in the various workshops and are take home messages for participants. Another example is the session on multi-level governance in the Resilient Cities conference 2012, in which I summarised the discussion during the workshop in a mindmap while the discussion was running. This enabled the concluding discussion and was a take home material as well. This mindmap was brought back in the 2013 Open European Day Resilient Cities as an opening scheme. In 2006, I organised with colleagues from UNECE the THE PEP workshop “Institutional Arrangements for Policy Integration transport, health, environment”. The results were fed in into the guidance “Working together for sustainable and healthy transport”. As a result of networking the team I am responsible for developed different case studies of cities, contributed them to the European Climate Adaptation Platform Climate-ADAPT thus enabling the exchange of good practice. I was also responsible for the EEA-report “Ensuring quality of life in European cities” (2009), that was a co-production with European city networks. In the underlying discussions we explored the issues from different perspective in a mutual learning process.
C3.3 Assessment: 
1 Provided relevant examples that demonstrate the ability to capture learning for participants to take away (writing of the meeting reports, summarised discussions in mindmaps, EEA reports etc)
C.3.4. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages: 
I produced, e.g., the two EEA reports - “Ensuring quality of life in European cities” (2009) and “Urban adaptation in Europe” (2012) actually functioning as landmarks. The content, presented perspectives and recommendations are still valid and both reports are highly valued by local, national and European stakeholders working within the areas of urban environment and urban adaption in Europe as well as beyond. I put a particular focus on concise and understandable chapters and a clear logic through the reports. Due to their quality and being understandable for non-scientist as well, they are broadly distributed in Europe and beyond, used as reference, source of information and inspiration and as training material (even if the latter was not the original intention). The next EEA report on urban adaptation that I coordinate, write and content edit is close to a final draft and will be published in 2016. It is again based on many case studies, the contribution of city networks, single cities and further experts. Other examples are the Thematic Assessment Urban Environment of the 2010 State and Outlook report of the EEA or the brochure on 10 messages urban biodiversity (2010) or smaller articles on specific issues like the problem of soil sealing and urban sprawl.
C3.4 Assessment: 
1 Provided relevant examples that demonstrate the ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages (applicant mentions different EEA reports)
Summary Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities: 
I have worked as a project manager or supervisor over more than 20 years for border institutions that focus on testing and deliver knowledge for local stakeholders beyond the ones directly involved in the projects. Many of these international projects delivered reports, papers, guidance and tools that are intended to enable learning by other stakeholders, e.g., the EEA landmark report “Ensuring quality of life in European cities” (2009) and “Urban adaptation to climate change in Europe” (2012). Both are widely distributed in Europe and used by local national and European stakeholders as reference material and source of inspiration. I organised various European workshops and conferences, moderated and presented. E.g., I am responsible for the series of European Open Days Resilient cities, a stakeholder event that puts staff from city administrations and their experience and needs in front and enables the transnational exchange and learning. With my team I try to figure out thematic needs in advance shape the agenda accordingly. Interactive, open discussion are the main element, enabling us to stay close to the needs and not wasting time with less important issues. In the European Climate Adaptation Platform Climate-ADAPT I am responsible for the design of the case studies that should inspire and be presented in a way that enables easy learning. Also, I developed the interactive map book urban vulnerability there and supported other guidance.
Assessment: 
The candidate meets all of the criteria regarding C (Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities), C1 3 out of 3, C2 4 out of 4 and C3 4 out of 4 and should therefore be validated for C. The applicant has an excellent background and loads of professional experience in the field of urban environment and sustainability, and learning activities at transnational level. The summary is of high quaility. There are no identified inconsistencies between the summary and the replies, nor between the information in the application form and CV.
Thematic expertise:
Theme / Policy: 
Environmental Issues
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
I have a deep understanding of urban environment and sustainability as part of my education as a landscape architect, my work as project manager for urban issues and now for urban adaptation to climate change in the EEA since 2007 and before at the Federal Environment Agency of Germany on ecological planning. Sub themes are green infrastructure, urban design, resource efficiency, climate change adaptation and mitigation, water, noise, air pollution and urban transport. I was, e.g., responsible for the EEA landmark reports “Quality of life in Europe’s cities” and “Urban adaptation to climate change in Europe” that analysed comprehensively the current situation of cities across Europe and are widely used. Work included analysing current research and literature as well as finding illustrative case studies. I worked a member of the evaluation committee of the European Green Capital Award and as advisor in different EU research projects such as CHAMP, SUME, RESIN. I gave numerous presentations, trainings, organised stakeholder meetings and developed further reports and tools, like the interactive map book urban vulnerability. As project manager, I develop the concepts, elaborate substantial parts of the projects, and communicate and promote the capitalization of the results. With my multiple stakeholder contacts, I gained a broad experience of practice, challenges and solutions across Europe.
D1 Assessment: 
1 Demonstrated more than 2 years of experience (8 years of experinece) in having deep knowledge on environmental issues and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
I produced together with my project team the comprehensive EEA reports “Ensuring quality of life in European Cities”(2009) and “Urban Adaptation to climate change in Europe” (2012). Both reports found a broad audience and where also used as general references, as source of inspiration and as training material. Furthermore, I wrote “The Thematic assessment - Urban environment” for “The European Environment – State and Outlook 2010” and the “10 messages for biodiversity – urban ecosystems” (2010) and contributed to the EEA report “Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe 2012” and to the preparatory background paper of the Open European Day Resilient Cities 2014, among others. All these reports and papers where developed to inform stakeholders concerned with urban environment across Europe working at local, national or European level on the current state of action, options to act and recommendations. I presented numerous times and discuss the findings in conferences, stakeholder meetings, trainings.
D2 Assessment: 
1 Provided more than two valid example that demonstrate the ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which the applicant has been involved (relevant EEA reports from 2009, 2010 and 2012)
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
The two mentioned reports “Ensuring quality of life in European Cities” (2009) and “Urban Adaptation to climate change in Europe” (2012) are partially based on data and information from research and surveys and to a high degree on case studies from cities in different European countries. As a key element they illustrate theoretical facts and enable to learn from good practice. Many of them, I had developed myself or have contributed to them. Apart from receiving information from the literature they were stocked up or developed from scratch by interviewing the local stakeholders. This enabled to make their presentation close to practice and tailored for the purpose. At different stages of the report development city stakeholders were requested for feedback to enable shaping them in the best way for the target audience. In the same way, I was involved in the development of many case studies included in the European platform Climate-ADAPT (includes around 70 now). Important is that they are developed together with the local stakeholders, that they describe success factors and limitations to enable other users to transfer good practice. I was also the project manager coordinating the final reports of the Open European Days Resilient Cities (2013, 2014) that summarised all the experience exchanged by practitioners during these conferences and capture them for others to learn from.
D3 Assessment: 
1 Provided valid examples that demonstrate the ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities, put forward good practice and policy messages targeting city practitioners and urban policy-makers (for participants as well as for an external audience)
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
Working in boundary organisation, I make the results of research digestible and understandable for urban stakeholders at local level and the supporting national and EU level and thus enable the practical uptake in respective policies and plans. I ask and listen to local stakeholders and their needs, discuss possible solutions and needed support from national or European institutions, e.g., in our interactive Open European Days Resilient Cities, in interviews or surveys. Then, I summarise and synthesise this information in papers, smaller or comprehensive reports, tools or guidance, such as the case study collection, the Urban Adaptation Support Tool, the Urban vulnerability map book in Climate-ADAPT. The case studies inspire other cities and are designed in a way that enables easy learning; the tools help cities to adapt to climate change. I also contribute to external projects and initiatives related to cities like EU Cities Adapt, Mayors Adapt, RESIN, SUME, Informed Cities, as well as the EU Urban Agenda process. Several of these projects include a concrete implementation action, like the EU cities adapt project that has brought cities from beginners in urban adaptation to role models, like Almada, Burgas, Bratislava. Parts of the mentioned mobility projects in Wroclaw and Riga were directly implemented, like better tram services and first steps into a public transport association.
D4 Assessment: 
1 Provided relevant examples that demonstrates an understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for strategic benefits in capitalization, policy design, awareness raising, etc
Summary Thematic expertise: 
I have a deep understanding of urban environment and sustainability as part of my education as a landscape architect, my long-term work as project manager for urban issues and urban adaptation to climate change in the EEA since 2007 and before at the Federal Environment Agency of Germany on ecological planning since 1991. Sub themes are green infrastructure, urban design, resource efficiency, climate change adaptation and mitigation, water, noise, air pollution and urban transport. I was, e.g., responsible for the EEA landmark reports “Quality of life in Europe’s cities” and “Urban adaptation to climate change in Europe” that analysed comprehensively the current situation of cities across Europe and are widely distributed and used. Work included analysing current research and literature as well as finding illustrative case studies making all this accessible for practical work. I worked a member of the evaluation committee of the European Green Capital Award and as advisor in different EU research projects such as CHAMP, SUME, RESIN. I gave numerous presentations, trainings, organised stakeholder meetings and developed further reports and tools, like the interactive map book urban vulnerability. As project manager, I develop the concepts, elaborate substantial parts of the projects, and communicate and promote the capitalization of the results. With my multiple stakeholder contacts, I gained a broad experience of practice, challenges and solutions across Europe. Links: Quality of Life in Europe’s cities and towns: http://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/quality-of-life-in-Europes-cities-and-towns Urban adaptation to climate change in Europe : http://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/urban-adaptation-to-climate-change SOER Thematic assessment Urban Environmenthttp://www.eea.europa.eu/soer/europe/urban-environment/at_download/file 10 messages biodiversity – urban ecosystem: http://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/10-messages-for-2010-urban-ecosystems Open European Day Resilient Cities 2014: http://resilient-cities.iclei.org/fileadmin/sites/resilient-cities/files/Resilient_Cities_2014/Final_Report_OED_2014.pdf Map book urban vulnerability to climate change: http://climate-adapt.eea.europa.eu/tools/urban-adaptation/introduction Climate ADAPT: http://climate-adapt.eea.europa.eu/home
Assessment: 
The candidate meets all of the criteria regarding D (Environmental issues), 4 out of 4 and should therefore be validated for theme D Environmental Issues. The applicant has an excellent background and loads of professional experience in the field of environment. The summary is of good quaility. There are no identified inconsistencies between the summary and the replies, nor between the information in the application form and CV.
Theme / Policy: 
Sustainable Urban Mobility
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
I gained a substantial understanding of urban mobility when working in this area from 2002-2007 in the Federal Environment Agency in Germany and as part of my work on urban environment 2007-2011 at the European Environment Agency, where I dealt with it in relation to urban sprawl, air quality, noise and urban quality of life. My background as landscape planner and architect helped me on systemic and functional aspects. I supervised several urban transport projects in Germany and other European cities (Wroclaw, Riga, Tirana), initiated and organised the German portal and conference series “Kommunal mobil” that makes knowledge distributed across many projects better accessible and enables the exchange of experience and identifying further development needs. I organised together with UNECE the THE PEP workshop “Institutional Arrangements for Policy Integration transport, health, environment” and its follow up guidance document “Working together for sustainable and healthy transport”. I organised with EEA colleagues the European expert workshop on transport demand, contributed to the EEA’s TERM reports and dealt with urban mobility as integral part in my different EEA publications like the major report “Quality of Life in Europe’s cities and towns” and “Adaptation of transport to climate change in Europe”. All this activity included also to present in different workshops and exchange with stakeholders directly.
D1 Assessment: 
1 Demonstrated more than 2 years of experience (14 years of experinece) in having deep knowledge on environmental issues and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
A result of my cooperation project with the city of Wroclaw was the guidance “Attractive public transport through regional co-operation - Experiences and suggestions from Wroclaw” that not just summarises the results and experience gained but presents it in a way that enables transnational learning. Feeding the learning process was exactly the idea behind developing the German portal “kommunal mobil” that collects, sorts and presents the experience made in different urban transport projects, results that otherwise would have been scattered over many report in libraries or the internet. I prepared background papers, concepts of several meeting and led or contributed to the meeting reports such as UNECE the THE PEP workshop “Institutional Arrangements for Policy Integration transport, health, environment”, the conference series “kommunal mobil”, “EU Verkehr(t)?”, the European NGO-Workshop “The European Advantage – How NGOs can benefit from recent European Legislation in their Work for Sustainable Transport Infrastructure”, the EEA workshop on transport demand among others. I was responsible (leading and writing substantial parts myself) of the EEA report “Quality of Life in Europe’s cities and towns”, “Adaptation of transport to climate change in Europe” and others and was writing related summaries, briefings, press notes. All these reports and papers where developed to inform stakeholders concerned with mobility in the context of urban environment across Europe.
D2 Assessment: 
1 Provided more than two valid example that demonstrate the ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which the applicant has been involved (relevant EEA reports, UCECE the THE PEP meeting reports, etc)
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
The guidance “Attractive public transport through regional co-operation - Experiences and suggestions from Wroclaw” is directly based on the practical experience learned in the related project over many years and had a particular relevance fro urban stakeholders in Eastern Europe. I led the production of the report “Adaptation of transport to climate change in Europe” and did substantial content work and editing. It is based to a big part on the provision of case studies by transport stakeholders. These case studies are intended to inspire other transport stakeholders to follow successful examples. Some of these case studies are now also integrated in Climate-ADAPT, the internet based European Climate Adaptation Platform. In Germany I developed the portal “kommunal mobil”, which includes a systematic and short description of projects with further links. It shall enable local stakeholders to more easily find and access the relevant information.
D3 Assessment: 
1 Provided valid examples that demonstrate the ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities, put forward good practice and policy messages targeting city practitioners and urban policy-makers (for participants as well as for an external audience)
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
Having always worked in boundary organisations, I made the results of research digestible and understandable for urban stakeholders at local level and the supporting national and EU level and thus enable the practical uptake in respective policies and plans. I ask and listen to local stakeholders and their needs, discuss possible solutions and needed support, e.g., in workshops, in interviews or surveys. Then, I summarise and synthesise this information in papers, smaller or comprehensive reports, tools or guidance, such as the portal “Kommunal mobil” that enabled uptake of knowledge and capitalisation by followers. The same is with the case studies presented in the report on transport adaptation or in Climate-ADAPT. They inspire other stakeholders to follow and are designed in a way that enables easy learning. 2002-2007, I was supervising as responsible from the German Federal Environment Agency several urban transport projects that aimed on transferring good practice and German experience to new member countries. This included the Cooperation project mobility Riga, Sustainable urban transport Tirana and Initiating a public transport association in Wroclaw. I discussed with the project manager the concepts and approach, prepared together with the team the meetings and next steps and had to approve the results. Parts, like better tram services and first steps into a public transport association, were directly implemented.
D4 Assessment: 
1 Provided relevant examples that demonstrates an understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for strategic benefits in capitalization, policy design, awareness raising, etc
Summary Thematic expertise: 
I gained a substantial understanding when working on urban mobility 2002-2007 in the Federal Environment Agency, Germany and as part of my work on urban environment 2007-2011 at the EEA, where I dealt with it in relation to urban sprawl, air quality, noise and urban quality of life. My background as landscape planner and architect helped me on systemic and functional aspects. I supervised several urban transport projects in Germany and other European cities (Wroclaw, Riga, Tirana), initiated and organised the German portal and conference series “Kommunal mobil” that makes knowledge better accessible to stakeholders and enables them to exchange experience and identifying further development needs. I organised with UNECE the THE PEP workshop “Institutional Arrangements for Policy Integration transport, health, environment” and its follow up guidance document “Working together for sustainable and healthy transport”. I designed and implemented with EEA colleagues the European expert workshop on transport demand, contributed to the EEA’s TERM reports and dealt with urban mobility as integral part in my different EEA publications like the major report “Quality of Life in Europe’s cities and towns” and “Adaptation of transport to climate change in Europe”. All this activity included also to present in different workshops and exchange with stakeholders directly thus learning about their perspectives and needs and designing our projects accordingly. Links: The guidance Attractive public transport through regional co-operation - Experiences and suggestions from Wroclaw: http://www.umweltbundesamt.de/publikationen/attractive-public-transport-through-regional-co Adaptation of transport to climate change in Europe: http://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/adaptation-of-transport-to-climate UNECE THE PEP Institutional arrangements for policy integration: http://www.unece.org/thepep/en/workplan/ia4pi/ia4pi.html kommunal mobil: http://www.umweltbundesamt.de/portal-kommunal-mobil Quality of Life in Europe’s cities and towns: http://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/quality-of-life-in-Europes-cities-and-towns Urban adaptation to climate change in Europe : http://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/urban-adaptation-to-climate-change
Assessment: 
The candidate meets all of the criteria regarding D (sustainable urban mobility), 4 out of 4 and should therefore be validated for theme D sustainable urban mobility. The applicant has an excellent background and loads of professional experience in the field of sustainable urban mobility. The summary is of good quaility. There are no identified inconsistencies between the summary and the replies, nor between the information in the application form and CV.
Theme / Policy: 
Urban Strategic Planning
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
As a landscape planner, I approach urban development generally from a strategic and integrated perspective. My work as a project manager for urban and regional planning at the European Environment Agency and the German Federal Environment Agency stretches over more than 20 years. In particular, my current topic climate change adaptation in cities forces me to think strategically. It is a future change requiring anticipating, strategic planning to deal with. Change can be seen as an opportunity for the transformation towards strong, sustainable and attractive cities. It requires a systemic approach that integrates demographic, social and economic trends and a holistic perspective. This strategic approach is in focus of my ongoing EEA report “Urban adaptation in Europe II”, but was, e.g., already included in my EEA reports “Quality of life in Europe’s cities” and “Urban adaptation to climate change in Europe”. My work includes analysing current research as well as finding illustrative case studies and synthesising the information. I also worked a member of the evaluation committee of the EGCA and as advisor in EU projects (CHAMP, SUME, RESIN). I did numerous presentations, trainings, meetings. As project manager, I develop the concepts, elaborate substantial parts of the projects, and communicate and promote the capitalization of the results. With my multiple stakeholder contacts, I gained a broad experience of practice, challenges and solutions across Europe.
D1 Assessment: 
1 Demonstrated more than 2 years of experience (more than 20 years of experinece) in having deep knowledge on urban strategic planning and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
I produced together with my project team the comprehensive EEA reports “Ensuring quality of life in European Cities”(2009) and “Urban Adaptation to climate change in Europe” (2012). Both reports found a broad audience and were also used as general references, as source of inspiration and as training material. Furthermore, I wrote “The Thematic assessment - Urban environment” for “The European Environment – State and Outlook 2010” and the “10 messages for biodiversity – urban ecosystems” (2010) and contributed to the EEA report “Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe 2012” and to the preparatory background paper of the Open European Day Resilient Cities 2014, among others. All these reports and papers where developed to inform stakeholders concerned with urban environment across Europe working at local, national or European level on the current state of action, options to act and recommendations. I presented numerous times and discuss the findings in conferences, stakeholder meetings, trainings.
D2 Assessment: 
1 Provided more than two valid example that demonstrate the ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which the applicant has been involved (relevant EEA reports)
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
The two mentioned reports “Ensuring quality of life in European Cities” (2009) and “Urban Adaptation to climate change in Europe” (2012) are partially based on data and information from research and surveys and to a high degree on case studies from cities in different European countries. As a key element they illustrate theoretical facts and enable to learn from good practice. Many of them, I had developed myself or have contributed to them. Apart from receiving information from the literature they were stocked up or developed from scratch by interviewing the local stakeholders. This enabled to make their presentation close to practice and tailored for the purpose. At different stages of the report development city stakeholders were requested for feedback to enable shaping them in the best way for the target audience. In the same way, I was involved in the development of many case studies included in the European platform Climate-ADAPT (includes around 70 now). Important is that they are developed together with the local stakeholders, that they describe success factors and limitations to enable other users to transfer good practice. I was also the project manager coordinating the final reports of the Open European Days Resilient Cities (2013, 2014) that summarised all the experience exchanged by practitioners during these conferences and capture them for others to learn from.
D3 Assessment: 
1 Provided valid examples that demonstrate the ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities, put forward good practice and policy messages targeting city practitioners and urban policy-makers (for participants as well as for an external audience)
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
Working in boundary organisation, I make the results of research digestible and understandable for urban stakeholders at local level and the supporting national and EU level and thus enable the practical uptake in respective policies and plans. I ask and listen to local stakeholders and their needs, discuss possible solutions and needed support from national or European institutions, e.g., in our interactive Open European Days Resilient Cities, in interviews or surveys. Then, I summarise and synthesise this information in papers, smaller or comprehensive reports, tools or guidance, such as the case study collection, the Urban Adaptation Support Tool, the Urban vulnerability map book in Climate-ADAPT. The case studies inspire other cities and are designed in a way that enables easy learning; the tools help cities to adapt to climate change. I also contribute to external projects and initiatives related to cities like EU Cities Adapt, Mayors Adapt, RESIN, SUME, Informed Cities, as well as the EU Urban Agenda process. Several of these projects include a concrete implementation action, like the EU cities adapt project that has brought cities from beginners in urban adaptation to role models, like Almada, Burgas, Bratislava. Parts of the mentioned mobility projects in Wroclaw and Riga were directly implemented, like better tram services and first steps into a public transport association.
D4 Assessment: 
1 Provided relevant examples that demonstrates an understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for strategic benefits in capitalization, policy design, awareness raising, etc
Summary Thematic expertise: 
As a landscape planner, I approach urban development generally from a strategic and integrated perspective. My work as a project manager for urban and regional planning at the European Environment Agency and the German Federal Environment Agency stretches over more than 20 years. In particular, my current topic climate change adaptation in cities forces me to think strategically. It is a future change requiring anticipating, strategic planning to deal with. Change can be seen as an opportunity for the transformation towards strong, sustainable and attractive cities. It requires a systemic approach that integrates demographic, social and economic trends and a holistic perspective. This strategic approach is in focus of my ongoing EEA report “Urban adaptation in Europe II”, but was, e.g., already included in my EEA reports “Quality of life in Europe’s cities” and “Urban adaptation to climate change in Europe”. My work includes analysing current research as well as finding illustrative case studies and synthesising the information. I also worked a member of the evaluation committee of the EGCA and as advisor in EU projects (CHAMP, SUME, RESIN). I did numerous presentations, trainings, meetings. As project manager, I develop the concepts, elaborate substantial parts of the projects, and communicate and promote the capitalization of the results. With my multiple stakeholder contacts, I gained a broad experience of practice, challenges and solutions across Europe. Links: Quality of Life in Europe’s cities and towns: http://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/quality-of-life-in-Europes-cities-and-towns Urban adaptation to climate change in Europe : http://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/urban-adaptation-to-climate-change SOER Thematic assessment Urban Environmenthttp://www.eea.europa.eu/soer/europe/urban-environment/at_download/file 10 messages biodiversity – urban ecosystem: http://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/10-messages-for-2010-urban-ecosystems Open European Day Resilient Cities 2014: http://resilient-cities.iclei.org/fileadmin/sites/resilient-cities/files/Resilient_Cities_2014/Final_Report_OED_2014.pdf Map book urban vulnerability to climate change: http://climate-adapt.eea.europa.eu/tools/urban-adaptation/introduction Climate ADAPT: http://climate-adapt.eea.europa.eu/home
Assessment: 
The candidate meets all of the criteria regarding D (urban strategic planning), 4 out of 4 and should therefore be validated for theme D urban strategic planning. The applicant has an excellent background and loads of professional experience in the field of urban strategic planning. The summary is of good quaility. There are no identified inconsistencies between the summary and the replies, nor between the information in the application form and CV.
Theme / Policy: 
Integrated Urban Renewal
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
As a landscape planner, I approach urban development generally from a strategic and integrated perspective. My work as a project manager for urban and regional planning at the European Environment Agency and the German Federal Environment Agency stretches over more than 20 years. While my starting point is urban environment it always integrated the socio-economic dimension, like transport, business, demographics – dealing with it in a holistic way, like in my EEA report “Quality of life in Europe’s cities”. My work considers challenges like climate or demographic change that require cities to adapt and transform, but in most places the city structure is already fixed. Renewal within the given urban structures is therefore of a main topic in my work, e.g. EEA report “Urban adaptation to climate change in Europe” and its follow up report under development. My work includes analysing current research as well as finding illustrative case studies and synthesising the information. I also worked a member of the evaluation committee of the EGCA and as advisor in EU projects (CHAMP, SUME, RESIN). I did numerous presentations, trainings, meetings. As project manager, I develop the concepts, elaborate substantial parts of the projects, and communicate and promote the capitalization of the results. With my multiple stakeholder contacts, I gained a broad experience of practice, challenges and solutions across Europe.
D1 Assessment: 
1 Demonstrated more than 2 years of experience (20 years of experinece) in having deep knowledge on urban renewal issues and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
I produced together with my project team the comprehensive EEA reports “Ensuring quality of life in European Cities”(2009) and “Urban Adaptation to climate change in Europe” (2012). Both reports found a broad audience and were also used as general references, as source of inspiration and as training material. Furthermore, I wrote “The Thematic assessment - Urban environment” for “The European Environment – State and Outlook 2010” and the “10 messages for biodiversity – urban ecosystems” (2010) and contributed to the EEA report “Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe 2012” and to the preparatory background paper of the Open European Day Resilient Cities 2014, among others. All these reports and papers where developed to inform stakeholders concerned with urban environment across Europe working at local, national or European level on the current state of action, options to act and recommendations. I presented numerous times and discuss the findings in conferences, stakeholder meetings, trainings.
D2 Assessment: 
1 Provided more than two valid example that demonstrate the ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which the applicant has been involved (relevant EEA reports)
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
The two mentioned reports “Ensuring quality of life in European Cities” (2009) and “Urban Adaptation to climate change in Europe” (2012) are partially based on data and information from research and surveys and to a high degree on case studies from cities in different European countries. As a key element they illustrate theoretical facts and enable to learn from good practice. Many of them, I had developed myself or have contributed to them. Apart from receiving information from the literature they were stocked up or developed from scratch by interviewing the local stakeholders. This enabled to make their presentation close to practice and tailored for the purpose. At different stages of the report development city stakeholders were requested for feedback to enable shaping them in the best way for the target audience. In the same way, I was involved in the development of many case studies included in the European platform Climate-ADAPT (includes around 70 now). Important is that they are developed together with the local stakeholders, that they describe success factors and limitations to enable other users to transfer good practice. I was also the project manager coordinating the final reports of the Open European Days Resilient Cities (2013, 2014) that summarised all the experience exchanged by practitioners during these conferences and capture them for others to learn from.
D3 Assessment: 
1 Provided valid examples that demonstrate the ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities, put forward good practice and policy messages targeting city practitioners and urban policy-makers (for participants as well as for an external audience)
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
Working in boundary organisation, I make the results of research digestible and understandable for urban stakeholders at local level and the supporting national and EU level and thus enable the practical uptake in respective policies and plans. I ask and listen to local stakeholders and their needs, discuss possible solutions and needed support from national or European institutions, e.g., in our interactive Open European Days Resilient Cities, in interviews or surveys. Then, I summarise and synthesise this information in papers, smaller or comprehensive reports, tools or guidance, such as the case study collection, the Urban Adaptation Support Tool, the Urban vulnerability map book in Climate-ADAPT. The case studies inspire other cities and are designed in a way that enables easy learning; the tools help cities to adapt to climate change. I also contribute to external projects and initiatives related to cities like EU Cities Adapt, Mayors Adapt, RESIN, SUME, Informed Cities, as well as the EU Urban Agenda process. Several of these projects include a concrete implementation action, like the EU cities adapt project that has brought cities from beginners in urban adaptation to role models, like Almada, Burgas, Bratislava. Parts of the mentioned mobility projects in Wroclaw and Riga were directly implemented, like better tram services and first steps into a public transport association.
D4 Assessment: 
1 Provided relevant examples that demonstrates an understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for strategic benefits in capitalization, policy design, awareness raising, etc
Summary Thematic expertise: 
As a landscape planner, I approach urban development generally from a strategic and integrated perspective. My work as a project manager for urban and regional planning at the European Environment Agency and the German Federal Environment Agency stretches over more than 20 years. While my starting point is urban environment it always integrated the socio-economic dimension, like transport, business, demographics – dealing with it in a holistic way, like in my EEA report “Quality of life in Europe’s cities”. My work considers challenges like climate or demographic change that require cities to adapt and transform, but in most places the city structure is already fixed. Renewal within the given urban structures is therefore of a main topic in my work, e.g. EEA report “Urban adaptation to climate change in Europe” and its follow up report under development. My work includes analysing current research as well as finding illustrative case studies and synthesising the information. I also worked a member of the evaluation committee of the EGCA and as advisor in EU projects (CHAMP, SUME, RESIN). I did numerous presentations, trainings, meetings. As project manager, I develop the concepts, elaborate substantial parts of the projects, and communicate and promote the capitalization of the results. With my multiple stakeholder contacts, I gained a broad experience of practice, challenges and solutions across Europe. Links: Quality of Life in Europe’s cities and towns: http://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/quality-of-life-in-Europes-cities-and-towns Urban adaptation to climate change in Europe : http://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/urban-adaptation-to-climate-change SOER Thematic assessment Urban Environmenthttp://www.eea.europa.eu/soer/europe/urban-environment/at_download/file 10 messages biodiversity – urban ecosystem: http://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/10-messages-for-2010-urban-ecosystems Open European Day Resilient Cities 2014: http://resilient-cities.iclei.org/fileadmin/sites/resilient-cities/files/Resilient_Cities_2014/Final_Report_OED_2014.pdf Map book urban vulnerability to climate change: http://climate-adapt.eea.europa.eu/tools/urban-adaptation/introduction Climate ADAPT: http://climate-adapt.eea.europa.eu/home
Assessment: 
The candidate meets all of the criteria regarding D (integrated urban renewal), 4 out of 4 and should therefore be validated for theme D integrated urban renewal. The applicant has an excellent background and loads of professional experience in the field of integrated urban renewal. The summary is of good quaility. There are no identified inconsistencies between the summary and the replies, nor between the information in the application form and CV.
Expertise support to local authorities and other stakeholders in designing & delivering integrated and participatory policies
E.1. Knowledge on participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local polices : 
The EEA report of “Ensuring quality of life in Europe’s cities and towns” was a good example of co-creation. I was the project manager and our task was to learn what the quality of life concepts could mean in the context of urban sustainability and reviewed also related challenges like urban sprawl demographic change, climate change etc. We co-created this report with city networks (Eurocities, ICLEI, Metrix). In contrast to former reports where they would provide comments, they worked here as authors on equal footing. We all were shaping the report and learning due to joint work the perspective of the other partner. The sometimes changed roles enabled to find better solutions. As citizen of Frederiksberg, I worked also in a neighbourhood initiative regarding the extension of a shopping centre in our neighbourhood with negative consequences for us the direct neighbours. I could not only take the lead on environmental and urban design issues, but facilitated developing a joint position towards the municipality. We first identified the underlying interests of the different neighbours and then developed over several meetings a catalogue of questions and requests to the municipality. In parallel, we developed possible solutions for the single problems identified, based on our very local knowledge while living in this area. In the following discussions with the municipality and entrepreneur, we could change the design so that the negative effects were substantially reduced.
E.1 Assessment: 
1 Applicant provided a lot of relevant activities hat demonstrates knowledge on participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local polices (including proactive outreach to different stakeholders, conflict resolution, mediation of interests, community dialogue, etc.)
E.2. Knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of urban strategies/policies: 
I was responsible for the development of the interactive map book on urban vulnerability. Cities’ vulnerability to climate change is determined by many different factors that interact with each other. The map book lists these in a clear and manageable way and then provides indicators. It also makes aware of current gaps, where other data sources need to be found or be substituted by qualitative information. This map book is now one guidance tool that contributes to the development of a monitoring and reporting system for the EU-wide initiative new Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy concerning adaptation action.
E.2 Assessment: 
1 Applicant provided relevant activities that demonstrates knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of sustainable urban strategies/policies
E.3. Awareness of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level: 
Writing European urban assessment reports and supporting the updating of the European platform Climate-ADAPT literally requires that I explore the urban sustainable development policies, trends and funds and keep my-self updated. I do internet searches on the different EU sites and of other relevant organisations, receive different newsletters, use social media like LinkedIn groups, have built up a wide stakeholder network on urban environmental issues with persons at all levels – local, regional, national, EU Commission services, EIB, international organisations, city networks, experts etc. I meet them regularly in conferences and meetings and when collaborating on joint activities. That way, I extent my knowledge as well as my network.
E.3 Assessment: 
1 Applicant provided valid examples that demonstrates awareness of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level
E.4. Ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities: 
I was supervising the project on public transport in Wroclaw, Poland (2005-2006). The basic idea was to transfer the German system of public transport associations of neighbouring municipality, where they have a joint system and share burdens and benefits, to Wroclaw. However, the Polish legislation did not allow making contracts between more than two municipalities without involving the regional government. Hence, we adapted the original idea by a number of bilateral contracts. These were carefully designed so that they would fit to each other and enable establish a joint public transport system. A similar approach, we followed in a mobility project in Riga, Latvia (2005-2006). One of the tasks was to build a Park and Ride system like in the partner city Bremen, Germany. The approach was not simply transferred. First we did an analysis of commuter flows and behaviour and the situation of public transport. We did several excursions to visit places that could serve as Park and Ride places and checked the local conditions. The final proposals took the different behaviours, culture as well as very different financial situation of the city into account to nevertheless create such a system.
E.4 Assessment: 
1 Applicant provided enough relevant activities that demonstrates ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities so as to ensure consistency in the design and delivery of integrated and participatory policies across participants in transnational projects
Summary Expertise: 
As responsible for urban environment issues and other areas over the course of my career, an integrated systemic view was always the underlying perspective. For example the EEA report “Ensuring ….” Embeds urban environment into the broader context of quality of life in cities and links to the economic and social areas. This report is also a good example of co-creation. It was created together with several city networks (Eurocities, ICLEI, Metrix, Union of Baltic Cities 21). In contrast to former EEA reports where they would provide comments, they worked here as authors on equal footing. We all were shaping the report and learning due to joint work the perspective of the other partner. The sometimes changed roles enabled to find better solutions. I also prefer co-creation in meetings and sessions. E.g. in the Open European Days Resilient Cities, we figure out the important topics of the event by asking many stakeholders in advance. The single sessions provide a frame and input is organised, but all participants shape the content then by engaging in the open discussions that are moderated but flow according to the needs and interests of the audience. My projects delivered also concrete results. E.g., a public transport project in Wroclaw, Poland (2005-2006). Analysing the specific conditions in the city and in Poland together with the local partner, we finally found a way to adapted the German system of public transport associations and make it workable in Wroclaw.
Assessment: 
The applicant meets 4 out of the 4 criteria regarding expertise support to local authorities and other stakeholders in designing and delivering integrated and participatory policies and should be therefore validated for E. The applicant has an excellent background and professional experience in the field of urban strategic planning and integrated urban renewal on a local and EU level. There are no identified inconsistencies between the summary and the replies, nor between the information in the application form and CV.

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