Together with other major players in the Dutch water infrastructure sector, including Arcadis, Witteveen + Bos, Sweco, Deltares and AkzoNobel, Fugro agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Amsterdam International Water Week Conference.
Formulated by the Human Cities Coalition (HCC), a Dutch public-private partnership dedicated to making cities more sustainable, inclusive and resilient, the MoU sets out an action agenda for inclusive urban development. As one of HCC’s core initiatives, the Roadmap for Human Cities will draw on the signatories’ expertise to develop solutions to urgent urban issues.
As the world’s leading, independent provider of geo-intelligence and asset integrity solutions for infrastructure, natural resources and large constructions Fugro will actively contribute its expertise in site characterisation, subsidence monitoring and mapping. “With our extensive experience and vast knowledge of subsurface conditions, as well as expert consulting services for land reclamation, urban water management and flood defences, we can make an invaluable contribution to this unique urban initiative,” explained Peter Nelemans, Fugro’s Country Director in The Netherlands. “Fugro is well known for our innovative approaches and as a technical assistance partner we can support the HCC’s push for a systemic change in urban development.”
The MoU will remain valid for eighteen months and Fugro, together with the other signatories, will share knowledge and expertise to develop a collective vision and action plan. Progress will be reported during the 2019 Amsterdam International Water Week, where the HCC expects to announce the next steps on the agenda.
ABOUT HUMAN CITIES COALITION
Human Cities Coalition (HCC) is a Dutch public-private partnership dedicated to making cities more sustainable, inclusive and resilient. Initiated by AkzoNobel, HCC has 154 stakeholders and 20 contributing partners dedicated to achieving SDG11 and the New Urban Agenda. HCC’s mission is to improve access to basic services such as drinking water, electricity, housing and sanitation for people living in the slums and informal settlements by developing replicable business cases together with the urban poor.