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.


Keilehaven first phase completed

January 6, 2022

In December 2021, the first phase of the construction of the river tidal park in the Keilehaven will be completed. Not much can be seen of it yet: the harbor has been 'shallowed'. The ground must now rest for six months, after which the real construction can begin. The second phase is planned for October 2022. The Keilehaven will…

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LIFE Urban Adapt at the LIFE Platform meeting

November 12, 2021

LIFE platform meeting: Boosting awareness and engagement in climate action On 27 and 28 October 2021, LIFE held a dedicated online platform meeting to encourage the implementation of the European Climate Pact. Through the European Green Deal, the EU aims to be climate neutral by 2050. Public engagement is crucial to achieving this ambitious goal…

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The making of Heliport (video)

November 1, 2021

Construction of a climate-proof courtyard: how did it come about and how was it realised? English subtitled.  

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Climate-proof courtyard Heliport

October 26, 2021

Local residents of the petrified Heliport courtyard made a plan to make the square partly greener. This plan was the impetus for a collaboration between residents, the municipality and the water board to tackle the entire square. The new square is now greener and climate-proof: more resistant to prolonged, heavy rain and extreme heat. Climate proof…

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Vijverhofstraat is climate adaptive

October 25, 2021

With the changing weather, extreme amounts of rain fall more often in a short period of time. This is already happening and will become more common in the future. With such heavy rain, the sewage system cannot immediately process the large amount of water. This leads to nuisance, such as puddles of water on the street and damage to buildings. That is why Vijverhofstraat…

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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…

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