About LIFE UrbanAdapt
LIFE Urban Adapt is working on:
- An increased risk of flooding due to intensive rainfall and rising sea water levels.
- Elevated temperatures caused by the urban heat island effect (UHI).
- Damage to flora and fauna on land and in water.
Rotterdam is a forerunner in the field of climate adaptation and in 2001 was the first major European city with an EU-approved climate strategy. The elaboration of this strategy is already visible in several small-scale public locations, such as the water squares.
From 2013, the Rotterdam Adaptation Strategy (RAS) will chart the course along which we will adapt to climate change. Implementation of measures in the city is progressing steadily, but in order to make great strides, climate adaptation must be integrated on a larger scale. This requires commitment not only from the municipality, but also from residents, companies and other social organisations.
21 Oct 2021
From 19 to 21 October 2021, LIFE Urban Adapt was visited by a delegation of colleagues from the Polish LIFE project LIFE Radom Klima. Both projects are concerned with climate adaptation in urban areas. The aim was to exchange knowledge and experiences. After presentations of both projects, we visited all LIFE sub-projects…
October 19, 2021
In the inner-city area of ZoHo, the climate adaptation activities are as good as finalized. It has led to beautiful results, that will also be used for the area development of other parts of Rotterdam. In this video you can see more about the collaboration in ZoHo, the results and the future plans.
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September 19, 2021
Now that the Nassauhaven has been transformed into a tidal bank, the lessons learned will be applied in the Keilehaven and incorporated into the climate adaptive area development of other parts of Rotterdam along the Maas. See how we do it in this video.
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April 25, 2021
For the sub-projects on river tidal parks, there has been a lot of collaboration with partners such as ARK and the government. For the projects at ZoHo, residents and partners were the driving force behind the climate-adaptive projects. What does and did the participatory approach of those subprojects look like? Who were the stakeholders exactly? How and when do you involve those stakeholders in…
April 2, 2021
The new sewerage plan of the Municipality of Rotterdam has the following theme: 'from pipe to outdoor space'. “It means that we set up the outside in such a way that we can process precipitation without flooding,” explains Michel Bunt, water and sewerage advisor at the Municipality of Rotterdam. “A combination in which we keep our feet dry with all kinds of measures. With an important role…
March 22, 2021
In Rotterdam, the Nieuwe Maas and the sea meet. That is why the port city is an essential area for migratory fish such as salmon, shellfish and special aquatic plants. With a variety of sometimes small measures, we can give these species even more space. The transition between river and sea creates special natural phenomena such as low tide…