In September 2012, the Danish Minister for the Environment, Ida
Auken, opened the Rabalder Park on the Musicon site (a new creative
and educational hotspot) in Roskilde on Zealand. The park sets new
standards for combining climate change adaptation measures and
specialised recreational installations. The unique thing about
Rabalder Park is that although the area is primarily for stormwater
drainage, it also serves as a skate-park for children and young
The idea behind the installation is that during cloudbursts the
area will constitute a number of flood-retention basins which
together can hold up to 23,000 cubic metres of water. This will
retain the water in the basins, and avoid flooding roads and
basements in adjoining properties. However, when heavy rain does
not fall, as mentioned above, the area will act as a skate-park for
everything from skateboards and BMX bikes to barbecues. See video from the
opening of Rabalder Park.
As part of the Task Force on Climate Change Adaptation, a mobile
task force has been set up to guide municipalities in connection
with planning municipal climate-change-adaptation
By the end of 2012, the mobile task force will have visited about
one-third of the municipalities in Denmark.
In October 2012, the Danish Minister for the Environment
introduced a bill which will ensure that wastewater companies
prepare flood maps on the basis of the IPCC Scenario A1B. The new
maps will identify problem areas during heavy cloudbursts, so that
flooding, for example with sewage water in the streets, can be
better prevented. Municipalities will collect the flood maps
prepared by the wastewater companies showing flooding from sea
water, groundwater and watercourses. The maps will be included in
the Municipal Plan 2013.
A new tool, BusinessWizard, provides an interactive guide
to climate change adaptation of businesses with regard to the
problems that may arise from extreme weather events. Read more
about the tool here.
More examples of climate change adaptation
Klimatilpasning.dk has received a number of new cases on
climate change adaptation in Denmark:
A new project (ØKOKLIM) is investigating the possibilities and
conflicts associated with an ecosystem-based approach to climate
change adaptation in the City of Copenhagen.
The award-winning green roofs for the 8 House housing development
in Copenhagen have received national and international recognition.
Eighty percent of the water falling onto the roofs evaporates and
is delayed from running off.
Rail Net Denmark has now investigated all watercourse crossings
under railways, after one of the largest cloudbursts on record in
Danish history, and the subsequent collapse of a watercourse
crossing and an embankment at Adsbøl in South Jutland.
The collaboration project, BioGrenzKorr, between Denmark and
Germany is bracing animals and plants for climate change, creating
a networks of hedges and small biotopes as habitat corridors.
Read more about the cases in the links below.