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About Climate Adaptation

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Climate Adaptation

Well-planned and early climate adaptation action reduces social and economic costs caused by the adverse effects of climate change. This implies the use of rainwater as a resource, ensuring that agriculture and food production can manage periods of drought, or that the right emergency protection measure is in place when extreme weather events hit.

Planning for the future
In 2011, an unusually heavy cloudburst hit Denmark. It damaged both infrastructure and homes. The total insurance payments related to cloudbursts amounted to EUR 1 billion that year, and the extreme flooding created high political attention and let to a change in legislation. Today, all Danish municipalities must have a climate adaptation plan in order to be prepared for the future. This responsibility is divided between the municipalities, water utilities and private property owners; the municipalities are responsible for financing the urban space improvements, utilities for expanding the sewerage system, and private property owners for taking proactive measures on their own property.

Climate adaptation with added value saves money
Over the next 15-20 years, Denmark will spend more than DKK 40 billion on adapting Danish cities to climate changes. The aim is to combine climate adaptation with urban development and gain greater value from investments. Instead of expanding the underground sewage system, municipalities and water utilities are collaborating on making double-purposed solutions. Surplus water can be led to structures above the surface such as green beds, canals or lakes around the city. In addition to increasing the stormwater drainage capacity, these solutions create recreational areas, which help cool the city, increase biodiversity and result in more urban areas with increased liveability.

Climate adaptation solutions for all
The close collaboration between multiple stakeholders has put Denmark at the forefront of research, technology development, know-how and best-practice in adapting to climate changes. Danish experience shows that an integrated approach to climate adaption is cost-efficient and creates added value to the cities:

- Explore more than 150 ‘Solutions’ within Climate Adaptation
- Connect with more than 120 Danish ‘Profiles’ within Climate Adaptation

Interested in learning more?
For further information on Climate Adaption, please contact Ditte Rosenquist, Project Manager, dlr@stateofgreen.com / +45 23293600

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