Main motivation for taking adaptation action
Hannover sees municipal climate adaptation as an opportunity to improve the quality of life of its citizens.
Have you already developed an adaptation strategy?
Yes, we have an adaptation strategy
Name of the strategy/ plan (If adopted)
Climate Change Adaption Strategy for the City of Hannover
Date of strategy/plan approval
24 Apr 2012
Weblink of the strategy/ plan
Summary of the strategy/plan
The goal of this adaptation strategy is to make city decision makers aware of the possible consequences and opportunities that climate change presents. It is not meant to reflect a complete adaptation plan but rather outline the action points and important building blocks of adaptation.
Planned adaptation actions
Key adaptation actions include, for example, creating emergency water ways, reserving areas for flood protection, maintaining areas within the city that have a positive, cooling effect to provide relief from high temperatures, and altering the facades of buildings to create shade.
Good practice / spotlight item
Expansion of the discharge profile of the Ihme River and removal of the foreland
What sectors are concerned
The old bridge formed a bottleneck that slowed down the flood run-offs of the Ihme River and caused flooding, but with the new bridge, the span was increased considerably. On top of this, excavations were made in the river bank area, so that the retaining capacity was increased in the case of high water.
In case of a hundred-year flood, the position of the water surface will be up to 0.39 metres lower than before these changes were made.
The new bridge over the Ihme River improves flood run-off and excavation increase the retaining capacity of the river bank.
Climate change impacts
- Extreme Temperatures
Key vulnerable sectors
Head of Environmental Protection Department
Mayors Adapt signatory
Date of officially joining Mayors Adapt
23 Jul 2014