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Reality Check Workshop: Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen has been working with Climate Change Adaptation since 2009. The city has prepared a climate adaptation plan that aims to prepare the city and its 600,000 residents for climate change.

The plan covers the climate threats the city is facing. The main threats are increased precipitation and rising sea levels – and for the city none of these threats are in the far future – they are already happening. In recent years Copenhagen has been hit by several severe cloudburst and had a few close calls with storm surges.

The workshop presented how the city has continued its adaptation work since 2012 where we presented the first Reality Check Workshop. 

The workshop presented the development of the Cloudburst Management Plan – the first city wide plan to control a 100 year storm that has been developed since 2012 and was approved in 2015. The plan will implement 300 projects over the next 20 years at a price of 1.5 billion euro. A key issue of the plan is the close integration with urban development and urban nature – making the plan not only a plan to manage large amounts of storm water, but also a plan that will transform the city.

The main headlines of the workshop were:

  • Introduction to climate change adaptation in Copenhagen
  • The cloudburst management plan, development and implementation
  • Political process – and implementation process
  • Co—benefits and urban nature

And finally the workshop also gave the first introduction to the new storm surge plan that the city is currently preparing.

Learn more about Session B1 - Adaptation on the ground in Copenhagen, Denmark