The Communauté d’Agglomération du Pays de Saint-Omer (CAPSO) looks after 110.000 inhabitants in 50 rural villages and 3 towns. Within 1,5 hours from Paris, Brussels and London, its urban centre of economical attractivity, the city of Saint-Omer, welcomes the last inhabited marsh in Europe where tourism and attractiveness for local population is also a major issue. The Marais Audomarois, also designated Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2011, penetrates the city providing green areas and waterways, cooling the city down but enclosing the urban development perspectives. The city itself was a very important commercial crossroad in the 14th century, leaving an outstanding – but degraded – heritage city centre. Its industrial recent past provides brownfields within walking distance from the city centre where sustainable housing, social mixity, economic and environmental urban development are at stake.
As a local authority, CAPSO runs a Specific Area for Urban Renovation (national label) combining housing, commerces and heritage building. Its assets :
• Perspectives for a housing and activities area from scratch on railway brownfield
• An heritage station transformed into a Digital centre for economic development
• An active council of inhabitants in the neighborhood to boost local governance
To allow use of these urbanised area and prevent them from suffering from heat stress and wide temperatures range, CAPSO implements a local climate action plan with measures and tools to reduce warming, improve energy saving and building effectiveness. Therefore CAPSO is eager to take part to R&D with European counterparts, academic resources partners and entrepreneurs with operational knowledge to build its capacities in heat resilience solutions, to experiment them and thus save public investments in a long term run. CAPSO also seeks to improve its urban planning tools to disseminate heat resilient solutions, in all construction and urban in future housing/urban transformation areas throughout the other towns and villages under its competency.