Newsletter | 28-11-2012
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Newsletter #7

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 people. 

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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 measures. 
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.

BusinessWizard
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.

BioGrenzKorr  
BioGrenzKorr
A collaboration project between Denmark and Germany is bracing animals and plants for climate change.
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Steep green roofs inspire in Ørestaden, Copenhagen  
Steep green roofs inspire in Ørestaden, 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.
  Read more
   

Task Force for Climate Change Adaptation

Agency for Water and Nature Management

Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark
Haraldsgade 53,
2100 Copenhagen

Phone: +45 72 54 30 00