The goal of the communal anchor is to actively include practitioners and communal agencies in the design and decision making process of the development of the rainwater management tools and especially the online platform. Over the course of the project, continuous dialogue and multiple workshops will make sure to cover the requirements of the participants and therefor potential users.
The changing climate and therefore changes in the water supply and distribution make the inclusion of rainwater management concepts in planning processes more important in the future. To develop a tool which seamlessly fits into current planning processes all important stakeholders are included in the project.
After a stakeholder analysis a core group consisting of planners, communal agencies and property managers gets invited to accompany the team throughout the project. In workshops, they can address their organizational, technical and functional needs and requirements for rainwater management tools and the platform. Additionally, an extended circle of stakeholders will be asked to provide their opinion through questionnaires and interviews.
By working very closely with the communal actors on a pressing issue we expect to see high interest in developing and testing the management tools.
Potential conflicts between rainwater management for heavy rain precautions against storing rainwater for potential drought seasons need to be considered when evaluating potential actions. The two separate use cases in Cologne and Berlin, by being separate processes, bear the advantage to evaluate the whole conflict potential and solve them on a real world basis.
The stakeholder analysis has been finished. Parallel to inviting the different stakholders the first workshop for autumn 2022 is being planned.