Interchange staff program between BCNecologia and Hamburg City Council

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Interchange staff program between BCNecologia and Hamburg City Council


In the framework of a staff exchange program of the European project Land-Sea, Sustainability of the land-sea system for eco-tourism strategies, Haritz Ferrando, technician at BCNEcologia, participated from 11th to 13th of June 2019 in a program of meetings with technical teams from the areas of mobility, urban planning and climate change in the city of Hamburg.


The exchange program was organised by the Department of European Affairs of the Senate Chancellery, which supports the development of several European projects in partnership with public and private bodies of Hamburg.


A guided tour was organised on the International Building Exhibition (IBA), on the river island named Wilhelmsburg. A total of 70 projects, 63 of which were buildings, were developed and completed. These projects, which include residential blocks, innovative case studies, educational and sports facilities, senior citizens’ centres, places where local businesses and creative workers can spread their wings, the widely known Energy Bunker, parks and open spaces, now shape the appearance of this part of southern Hamburg. As one of the major themes, the IBA aimed at creating a low-carbon neighbourhood adapted to climate change.


The program pursued with the visit of the German Climate Computing Centre, which serves as principle infrastructure for climate research and especially climate modelling. The guided tour focused on the climate modelling and climate research, the operation of supercomputers as well as about the data archive stored at the centre.


Finally, the program dealt with the mobility strategy of the city, mainly the cycling strategy. A presentation and cycling tour was carried out by the Mobility Department of the District of Altona. Hamburg aims at becoming a “bicycle friendly city” by (e.g.) building better infrastructure. At the heart of this infrastructure initiative is the concept of “Velorouten”, i.e. bike routes that connect the outer parts of the city with the inner ones.


This experience has made possible an increase in the competence of the staff to offer effective measures against the problems that cities are facing, mainly Pollution and Climate Change. Hamburg and Barcelona have many similarities, been one of them their great tourist attractions. This particularity requires offering tourist services with the minimum impact of CO2 emissions. The electrification of mobility and the increase of cycling trips are some of the main measures to implement.