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Twin4Resilience (T4R) project - Local Digital Twins

In the midst of the transition towards sustainability and digitalisation, local and regional public authorities are facing increasingly complex challenges in planning their territories. To ensure resilience and a high quality of life for humans, animals and environment (One Health), it's essential for these authorities to innovate their decision-making processes systematically.

Local Digital Twins (LDT)?

Local Digital Twins (LDTs) are virtual representations of territories, such as cities, created using advanced technology that models and simulates real-world data. These twins serve as powerful tools for innovation, allowing for the visualisation, analysis, simulation and prediction of territories in ways previously unimaginable.

Goals?

Twin4Resilience aims to:

  • Improve understanding and capacity: providing civil servants, planning companies, and citizens with comprehensive knowledge about the benefits and limitations of using LDTs.
  • Support inclusive deployment: making sure that LDTs are integrated democratically, affordably, and sustainably into decision-making processes across various public authorities.
  • Close the gap: bridging the divide between cities already using LDTs, those considering them, and those unaware of their potential.

Expected results?

Twin4Resilience is working towards:

  • A joint strategy and action plan: a collaborative roadmap for implementing LDTs effectively, covering technical design, governance, ethics and democracy, and training and education. 
  • Eight pilot actions: 8 initiatives developed jointly by different authorities and thematic clusters to test innovative solutions. The Pilot Actions will be implemented by the City of Utrecht, City of Amsterdam, Rennes M├ętropole, Dublin City Council, Flanders Environment Agency, City of Brussels, Intermunicipal association Leiedal and Municipality of Schuttrange. The pilot action of the City of Brussels will be focused on urban heat islands.
  • Collective training: a training program for 300 participants to share knowledge, foster innovation, and achieve sovereignty in setting up and dealing with Local Digital Twins.

International collaboration

Twin4Resilience brings together stakeholders from across North-West Europe to ensure its impact goes beyond borders. By working together and engaging with external partners, T4R aims to make a difference beyond its immediate reach.

In total, 14 partners from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Ireland and Luxembourg are cooperating in this project from 2024 till 2027. The project (with a budget of 8.38 million euros in total) is co-funded by the European Union through the Interreg North-West Europe programme (by 5.02 million euros).

More info?

External siteTwin4Resilience (T4R)