Imperial College London has been carrying out a programme of semi-structured interviews across the Nature Smart Cities area, a programme which is about to draw to a close this week.
Phil Back, Imperial’s Research Associate, has visited local authorities in Lille, Bruges, Antwerp, Kapelle, Middelburg, Essex and Southend-on-Sea, and will complete the programme when he visits The Hague this week. A total of 53 interviews will then have been completed, against an original target of 50, and Phil passes on his thanks to all who have participated. He adds ‘It’s been great to listen to so may people’s enthusiastic support for the principle of responding to climate change, and even more so to hear about so many practical initiatives to address these issues at a local level. There is some impressive and inspiring work being pioneered using the Nature Smart Cities funding and support and the interviews will provide some useful support for replicating and developing ideas further through the NSC Capacity Building Programme.’
Although the interview programme is nearly complete, Phil still has a lot to do before his contract ends in August. An exhaustive analysis process will get under way as the ink dries on the final transcriptions, following which there will be a report for each of the authorities that has participated in the programme. And then of course there will be questions, challenges and presentations to think about. But for now, the project visit to The Hague draws an important stage in the programme to a close, and provides an excuse for a richly-deserved celebration!