The PREPARED project originated from the WSSTP (Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform) thematic working group Sustainable Water Management in Urban areas. WSSTP is a platform developed by the European Commission in 2004 and has the objectives to enhance competitiveness of the European water sector, to solve the European water problems and to contribute to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The stakeholders in WSSTP together developed a common Vision Document for the whole European water industry and a Strategic Research Agenda.
Based on the work in WSSTP, PREPARED will include the outcomes and recommendations of the Strategic Research Agenda. The PREPARED project is part of the realisation of the SRA and exploitation will be done in line with the Implementation Plan of WSSTP.
The PREPARED project will confirm and demonstrate the technological preparedness of water supply and sanitation systems of ten cities in Europe to adapt to the expected impacts of climate change. PREPARED will show that the water supply and sanitation systems of cities and their catchments can adapt and be resilient to the challenges of climate change; and that the technological, managerial and policy adaptation of these PREPARED cities can be cost effective, carbon efficient and exportable to other urban areas within Europe and the rest of the world.
The PREPARED project will deal with early warning systems, as well as short- and long-term response strategies for urban areas. The technological and managerial response opportunities in the project are intended to be developed in the context of environmental, social and economic perspectives.
Due to the regional variability and severity of climate impact most adaptation measures will be taken at national, regional or local level.