The Danish Minister of the Environment has kick-started an
active initiative for adaptation to climate change. One of the
results of this initiative is a distinct and active climate change
adaptation profile, which will also focus on the involvement of
citizens, businesses and municipal authorities. Among other things,
the Minister has established a national dialogue forum which, for
the first time, will bring together a group of key players to
discuss common strategy and policy concerning adaptations to our
climate in the future.
A raft of legislative changes is underway. Most recently, the
Danish Planning Act was amended to enable municipalities to cite
climate change adaptation as the basis for local plans.
With regard to the issue of financing, the government has just
entered into an agreement with the municipal authorities concerning
options for increasing municipal investment in climate change
adaptation by up to DKK 2.5 billion by 2013. The aim of this
initiative is to improve the financing opportunities open to the
A new tool, The Climatemeter, has been launched at
klimatilpasning.dk. The toolcan provide inspiration for which
methods to use when you are about to map the risks of flooding
within your region or municipality.
SUSCOD: Coast of opportunities I Southern Lolland
A report from SUSCOD (SUStainable COastal Development in
practise) shows great potential for climate adapted development
along the south coast of the Danish island Lolland. The report from
SUSCOD describes how to establish integrated coastal zone
management if the dike is breached to allow the water to move in
the landscape and create a new natural landscape behind the coast.
Adaptation meassures, new unique natural landscape and
holiday paradise are some of the prospects on the
coast of opportunities.
Read more about the project and its conclusions in the
link at the bottom of the newsletter.
More examples of climate change adaptation
Klimatilpasning.dk has received a number of new cases on
climate change adaptation in Denmark:
There are good prospects for wine produced in Denmark.The changes
in our climate have improved conditions for wine growing in
Denmark. Over the past decade, the amount of land under vine in
Denmark has doubled due to rising temperatures.
The roof garden of the Danish National Archives is not merely a
new green oasis for Copenhagen's citizens. The green
pedestrian precinct 10 metres above the ground, with an area of
over 7,000 m2, is able to retain large quantities of water and is
an asset to the biodiversity of the capital.
The City of Copenhagen saves on sewer and water treatment plant
capacity by purifying rainwater from roads, promenades and roofs
separately, so that it can be channelled directly into watercourses
or the harbour.
In the second largest city in Denmark, Aarhus, an old disused
container terminal is now set to accommodate modern homes and
businesses with world-class architecture. The district, which
borders the sea, is protected against rising sea level by
intelligent climate change adaptation solutions.
Read more about the cases in the links below.