Shortly before Christmas, Ida Auken, Minister for the
Environment published the Danish Government's Action Plan for a
climate-proof Denmark. The plan provides an overview of the
initiatives already launched by the government, as well as future
initiatives to ensure Denmark's resilience towards more serious
The action plan emphasises the
following five overall focus areas:
The government must ensure the best
possible framework for climate change adaptation in the
- The government must ensure a
common knowledge base and regularly prepare guidelines on climate
- Initiatives must be coordinated
across authorities, the business community and the general
- Focus must be on the growth
potential in developing new innovative solutions which contribute
to the green transition.
- Denmark is working to reduce
climate change impacts at international level, as well as for
ambitious climate change adaptation in the EU.
Together with the Action Plan,
the Task Force on Climate Change Adaptation has published a
background report, Mapping climate
change - barriers and opportunities for action.
Public information campaign
with a number of partners, Ida Auken, Minister for the Environment
has launched a citizen campaign aimed at helping citizens to think
more about prevention and climate proofing their homes.
The campaign has its own
website, www.klimatilpas.nu (only Danish) The Minister has entered
into an agreement with several industries which offer Danes a free
climate change adaptation check of their home. The check is the
first step towards preventing flooding in private
The cloudburst damage in 2011
alone resulted in a total of DKK 6.2 bn. in damages.
Guidelines for the
During 2013 all 98 Danish
municipalities will describe and pinpoint the local risk of
flooding and draw up a prioritised action plan for the initiatives
aimed at protecting citizens against flooding.
New guidelines from the Danish
Nature Agency describe how the municipalities can manage this task
and reach the goals laid down in the action plan by the end of
Groundwater of the future
At klimatilpasning.dk, a new screening
tool has been launched to examine changes in groundwater levels and
groundwater recharge taking into account the future expected
climate development (for the period 2021-2050).
The purpose of groundwater maps is to provide a national basis
for screening with information on the future groundwater
The tool is only available in Danish.
More examples of climate change adaptation
In Vejle (town in Jutland), a new type of
stormwater infiltration bed which purifies and filtrates
contaminated road water is being tested. A specially designed
topsoil filtrates pollutants from the road water as it seeps down
into the soil.
In Brøndby, which is in the
region of Copenhagen, municipalities and garden owners have joined
forces to find common stormwater solutions.
A project in Northern Zealand is
to develop a large area in Kokkedal so that local management of
stormwater and flooding can be combined with urban development and
establishment of recreational values and new active locations for
the benefit and pleasure of the public.
Read more about the cases in the