About LIFE UrbanAdapt

LIFE Urban Adapt is working on:

  1. An increased risk of flooding due to intensive rainfall and rising sea water levels.
  2. Elevated temperatures caused by the urban heat island effect (UHI). 
  3. Damage to flora and fauna on land and in water.


Our climate is changing. As a world port city in the Dutch delta, Rotterdam will notice the effects of this. The sea level is rising, which will eventually have consequences for the safety of our dykes. River discharges will become more extreme, increasing the risk of flooding and thus increasing the risk of casualties and (economic) damage. Very intensive rain showers will also occur more often, which the current sewer system can no longer handle and that will lead to water on the streets and other nuisances. At the same time, the chance of prolonged periods of drought and heat increases, which can affect the liveability of the city.
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.


To protect the European economy and society from the negative effects of climate change, the EU is looking for sustainable solutions that can contribute to this. That is why the importance of urban adaptation strategies is high on the European policy agenda. Rotterdam is known as a front runner in the field of climate adaptation and was the first major European city with an established adaptation strategy. This complex process requires good cooperation with all relevant stakeholders, where mutual interests are sought and found to implement effective climate adaptation measures together. LIFE Urban Adapt wants to show the potential of this participatory approach for implementing urban climate adaptation strategies and measures. Click here for more information about the European LIFE program.


KNOWLEDGE SHARING: Adaptation Futures Rotterdam 2016

May 10, 2016

The international climate change adaptation conference will take place in Rotterdam from 10-13 May. A congress with more than 1600 participants from 102 different countries. During this congress, the demonstration projects ZoHo and the Tidal Park will be presented in the expo and in the publication RCI Delta Rotterdam – connecting water with opportunities. More information about the conference…

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MONITORING: Visit LIFE monitor team

April 7, 2016

Program presentations and visit Urban Adapt demonstration projects. More information…

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TIDES PARK: Nomination for 'river as a tidal park' program

January 24, 2016

The program 'River as a tidal park' has been nominated for the project call for proposals 'Living environment of the Future'. The request for the Living Environment of the Future is organized by the Deltametropool Association, BNSP, VNO-NCW West, IenM, NVTL and NL Engineers together with the organization of the Year of the Space. In addition to the 'River as a tidal park' programme, the 'Green…

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ZOHO: New water tile gives dry feet

October 11, 2015

On 29 September 2105, Wim Kuijken (Delta Commissioner), Henk Ovink (Netherlands first Water Envoy), Paul van den Eijnden (Water Board) and Pex Langenberg (Alderman ao Sustainability) were present in the Rotterdam Zomerhofkwartier. laid in the Rain(a)way Garden Katshoek. This 100 meter long and 4 meter wide garden on the Heer Bokelweg will…

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VIDEO: Start program 'river as tidal park'

March 18, 2015

Collaboration between 10 partners confirmed. Watch the video here.

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