25-29 May 2015 lisbon congress center, portugal
Bio & Abstract

Andreas Littkopf
Director International affairs
Austrian Environment Agency

He holds a degree in agriculture (terrestrial ecology) from the Humboldt University in Berlin (1986) and a degree in business management (2000). After working as head of the department in a local environment agency, he acted as Pre-Accession Adviser and Residential Twinning Adviser in Poland and Slovenia implementing environment related EU directives. Since 2007 he has led the European Topic Centre for Land Use and Spatial Information and from 2011-2012 the European Topic Centre for Spatial Information and Analysis. He also co-ordinated research activities of the University teams and was involved in several Research projects related to land management and spatial information. In July 2012 he started working at the EAA Environment Agency Austria, where he is responsible for project development with European organisations and international financial institutions. He is currently coordinating a Central Asian project on environmental monitoring and is building up a team on sustainable urban development.

City profiles describing urban development in transition and developing countries

Based on the approach of smart cities profiles of Austria the Environment Agency Austria developed and proposes in collaboration with UNECE an indicator set, which will be used in an upcoming pilot study. The presented indicators shall provide a simple but comprehensive picture of the characteristics and special features of cities and shall be reproducible by other cities. The indicators and profiles will be used for describing the urban environment and will give the opportunity for information exchange between cities. The profiles shall also facilitate an informed decision-making process, based on quantitative facts and shall lead to sustainable urban development strategies in the cities. Beside 21 smart indicators which were developed and grouped with a focus to climate and energy issues,

1) Buildings and settlements structures
2) Technical infrastructure
3) Transport and mobility
4) Policy administration and governance
5) Economy and citizens
also indicators, addressing cities resilience to natural disasters and climate change, sustainable land management indicators, or information related to resource efficiency will be elaborated and tested in countries of Europe and Middle East. The presentation will describe the state of development and intents to stimulate the discussion on different approaches, data availability and awareness and calls for participatory processes in the cities and collaboration between them.