IWA Regional Conference on Diffuse Pollution and Catchment Management, Dublin, Ireland, 23 - 27 October 2016, pp.280-284
Smart cities can provide local solutions to global issues when cities develop a coherent long-term integrated strategy and implementation plan on transport, energy, ICT, solid waste, climate adaptation (heat islands, flooding and water scarcity), water supply and waste water treatment. There have been excellent actions where the involvement of local stakeholders coordinated by municipal and regional administrations has resulted in a positive local influence on international issues whilst enhancing science and evidence-based decision making in the field of water. BlueSCities is developing methodology for a coordinated approach to the integration of the water and waste sectors within the 'Smart Cities and Communities' EIP. It is identifying synergies in accordance with Smart City ideology and compliments other priority areas such as energy, transport and ICT. It is improving synergies between researchers and users, decision-makers and consumers, industry, SMEs and national and international authorities. It has already created with the CITY BLUEPRINT and the CITY AMBERPRINT a definitive scientific, social and technological methodology and a range of practical tools for integration and implementation, stakeholder engagement and international networking capable of guaranteeing the necessary baseline assessment tool for water and waste in cities in order to enhance implementation of European Smart City activities.