Main motivation for taking adaptation action
Hasselt's main motivation for taking adaptation action is to reduce the vulnerability of city's structures and citizens as well the extensive consequences climate change may have on
Hasselt's economic development.
Have you already developed an adaptation strategy?
No, we do not have an adaptation strategy but are currently developing one
Name of the strategy/ plan (If adopted)
Climate Adaptation Plan of Hasselt (‘Klimaatadaptatieplan Hasselt')
Date of strategy/plan approval
01 Dec 2014
Summary of the strategy/plan
An increase in the global temperature is inevitable. Therefore it is wise for cities and
communities to arm themselves against the expected effects of climate change. Hasselt has
attempted to do just that with its Climate Adaptation Plan. The Plan does not contain an
extensive study but rather focuses on a hands-on approach by summing up 40 actions the
city of Hasselt can take to adapt to the expected changes in climate.
Planned adaptation actions
Hasselt's main adaptation actions mainly concentrate on enhancing the heat bearing capacity of the city and water retention. This can be achieved by two parallel measures: creating more green spaces and structures and creating more room for water (increasing buffer capacity and water retention possibilities) in the city. In addition Hasselt aims to gain support for its adaptation strategy among citizens and other stakeholders.
Good practice / spotlight item
Weather-related preparation for large outdoor events
What sectors are concerned
Extreme weather conditions and storms during the Pukkelpop music festival on 18
August 2011 led to casualties, injuries, infrastructural damage, and damage to crops
in the surrounding area among other things.
As a result, this extreme weather event has led to additional security measures, a
higher alert, and closer monitoring of weather reports, especially in the lead up to
and during large events.
- Disaster Risk Reduction
Pukkelpop Music Festival
Climate change impacts
- Extreme Temperatures
- Ice and Snow
Mayors Adapt signatory
Date of officially joining Mayors Adapt
26 Apr 2014