Spatial planning - Ifsttar - [Translate to English:] Littoraux et territoires inondés - Le séminaire

Resilience of areas with regard to water: what are the stakes? What are the solutions?


"Planning and protecting regions" seminar
Date: 18 October 2018

Spatial planning

Planning and protecting regions

The implementation of planning decisions and the regional application of public policies require a detailed knowledge of the interactions between infrastructure, services and communities. In this perspective and as a follow-up to the previous Cop, Theme 3 focuses on protecting populations from natural risks and malicious acts, on the environmental impacts of planning and transport policies, and on energy efficiency in urban areas.

Research is under way that aims to shed light on these scientific challenges that relate to regional governance and local authorities. To do this, it is necessary to monitor, assess and analyse natural risks and environmental damage, in order to better predict and prevent them and protect communities. IFSTTAR must propose ways of modernising cities and regions, controlling costs, protecting and restoring the environment, saving energy, and inventing proactive adaptation solutions, particularly in cities and on coastlines where the challenges are the most intense. The scientific challenge that is tackled by this theme can be characterised as taking into account the complexity of the phenomena, the environments, and the multiplicity of interactions.

Goal 7


Foreseeing natural and climate risks in order to improve the resilience of cities and regions, reduce their vulnerability and protect the population:

·         By developing forecasting tools and methods to assess the vulnerability and resilience of infrastructures and regions.

·         By developing or improving the technical mechanisms for protecting structures from natural and climatic risks

·         Improving, in particular, flood forecasting systems and solutions for urban heat spikes.


Goal 8


Understanding, evaluating and streamlining the interactions between infrastructure, transport services and planning policies, as well as their impacts on the environment and communities:

·         By studying Interactions between humans and their environment

·         By developing evaluation methods and decision-making tools to assist public policy makers and project leaders

·         By proposing solutions to reduce or mitigate the impacts of transport, from the source to the region.

·         By proposing measures to combat urban water and soil pollution, as well as storm water management tools

Goal 9


Helping to implement sustainable regional planning, especially in urban areas:

·         By developing sensors, models and simulation platforms for observing and managing energy efficiency in cities (digital city).

·         By designing and testing realistic scenarios for multi-purpose services and amenities (urban systems)

·         By developing strategies and techniques to improve transport and network security