Climate change and urbanization are among the most significant trends of the 21st century, affecting global natural resources such as water, economic development, and human well-being.
The growth of the world population will be absorbed by the cities. The necessity of cities adapting to these trends calls for radical changes in urban water management.
The City Blueprint® is a set of 24 dedicated indicators divided over eight categories (water security, water quality, drinking water, sanitation, infrastructure, climate robustness, biodiversity and attractiveness and governance including public participation). City Blueprints have been carried out for 45 cities and regions in 27 countries, mainly in Europe as action of the European Innovation Partnership on Water (EIP Water) of the European Commission led by KWR Watercycle Research Institute in the Netherlands and CTM in Spain. The action is also part of Watershare®.
Reports and publications are available for the following cities: Rotterdam, Dar es Salaam, Hamburg, Istanbul and Amsterdam, which performs very well. Two other detailed assessments on Ho Chi Minh City and Melbourne are in the pipeline. The City Blueprint method is currently being revised based on constructive feedback from the participating cities.