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.
November 19, 2017
The intended plans aim to make the district more climate-adaptive and to prevent nuisance from extreme precipitation. However, residents have reservations about the approach and fear leaking basements and swampy gardens because the groundwater level will rise permanently as a result of the measures. That is why we are now jointly looking for a solution that is both for…
November 9, 2017
Various initiatives have been set up in Rotterdam that aim to make the city greener, more resilient and climate-adaptive. Water Sensitive Rotterdam is one of these initiatives and offers a platform to everyone who is committed to a greener, climate-adaptive Rotterdam. Representatives of the LIFE Urban Adapt project recently visited the WSR-Café to…
November 1, 2017
In October 2017, the actual construction of the barrels began, which will be placed near the rain garden in December of that year. Interested in the building and construction process, take a look at Studi Bas Sala's Twitter. In addition to this large public water storage capacity, the first smaller smart water barrels have also been placed on…
September 15, 2017
The nature-friendly bank takes the form of a gentle slope. The realization of a very gradual transition from water to land stimulates the effect of ebb and flow on nature development. As a result, the nature-friendly shoreline can offer fish a spawning and hiding place, and opportunities for new macrofauna are created. The water and riverbank vegetation plays a role in this…
September 1, 2017
Due to climate change it is raining more and more often and harder. This causes unnecessary nuisance in many neighborhoods because the sewers often overflow and therefore requires creative, new solutions that place less of a burden on the sewer. A common solution is to separate the waste and rainwater systems, but that probably does not solve the problems. In ZOHO…
11 August 2017
If everything goes according to plan, the residents of the Zomerhofkwartier will be able to enjoy this extra piece of greenery in the center of Rotterdam at the beginning of 2018. The rain garden is part of the LIFE URBAN ADAPT project and the area approach for the Agniesebuurt.