Resilient Territorial Planning with Local Digital Twins
In the green and digital transition, local and regional public authorities face increasingly complex decision-making environment in territorial planning. To achieve resilience and good livelihood, local and regional public authorities need systemic innovation in decision-making processes. Local Digital Twins (LDTs) can be an important building block in this systemic innovation. LDTs are virtual 2D/3D representations of a territory, e.g. a city, created by modelling and simulation technology, based on datasets and -models. LDTs can visualize, analyse and simulate territories in a way that could not be done before, integrating datasets of different stakeholders simultaneously in 2D/3D.
Today, LDT technology and high-value data sets are available even for communities with smaller budgets. Many cities experiment already with LDTs. But characteristics and maturity of experiments differ widely. Development and deployment is hindered by lack of understanding of what a LDT is, and how it can help in territorial planning;   resulting in lack of proof of impact, hence lack of local political support, and of opportunities to increase innovation capacity, notably among public authorities.
Innovation (what the project will do and how; highlight what makes this project innovative/interesting and the role of LIST within the project)
The Twin4Resilience (T4R) project is not about developing technology, but about increasing people’s capacity (hence also policies and governments) to deal with change.T4R will dramatically enhance the capacities of organizations to better deal with complex challenges in territorial planning using LDT as data-driven decision support tools – ethically, inclusively, democratically, affordably, effectively, and sustainably - through joint action on technical design, governance, ethics, and skilling.
To achieve this, T4R brings together 14 partners from 6 countries, working together on 1 resilience strategy piloting LDTs in 8 resilience pilot actions, along the lines of 4 transformation Frameworks (technical design, governance, ethics and inclusion and democracy, and education), eventually training 300 people on the resilient use of LDTs in territorial planning.
Impact (main deliverables; the impact this technology could have on industry; potential real-life applications)
T4R 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.
- 8 Pilot Actions: Eight initiatives developed jointly by different authorities and thematic clusters to test innovative solutions. The Pilot Actions will be implemented by City of Utrecht, City of Amsterdam, Rennes Métropole, Dublin City Council, Flanders Environment Agency, Brussels City, Intermunicipal association Leiedal and Municipality of Schuttrange.
- 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.
T4R 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.
Rather than just developing technology, T4R focuses on building capacity and empowering individuals and governments to navigate change effectively and sustainably in territorial planning. Let's work together to reshape territorial planning, promoting resilience, inclusivity, and sustainability across North-West Europe and beyond.
Further information
Main keywords
Local digital twin, digital and green transitions, resilience, smart communities
Main project contact(s)
Daniel Flies
Financial sponsor(s)
Interreg NWE
Partners (+ country where they are located)
City of Utrecht / Gemeente Utrecht / NL
Municipality of Amsterdam / Gemeente Amsterdam / NL
Dublin City Council / Dublin City Council/ IE
Rennes Metropole / Rennes Metropole / FR
City of Brussels / Ville de Bruxelles/Stad Brussel / BE
Intermunicipal association Leiedal / Intercommuncale Leiedal / BE
Municipality of Schuttrange / Gemeng Schetter / LU
Flanders Environment Agency / Vlaamse Milieumaatschappij / BE
Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology / LU
K8 / K8 Institut fuer strategische aestetik / DE
Digital Flanders / Digitaal Vlaanderen / BE
HKU / Hogeschool voor de Kunsten / NL
Data Competence Centre for Cities and Regions / Daten-Kompetenzzentrum Staedte und Regionen / DE
(Associated partner) Democratic Society /BE