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Hasselt - Belgium

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.

Adaptation strategy

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
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.
What sectors are concerned
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Health
  • Urban
Hasselt
Pukkelpop Music Festival

Climate change impacts

  • Droughts
  • Extreme Temperatures
  • Ice and Snow
  • Storms

Key vulnerable sectors

  • Biodiversity
  • Health

Mayor

Hilde Claes

Population

76000 inhabitants

Contact person

Erica Lemmens
Sustainability Coordinator

Email

duurzaam@hasselt.be
Website

Mayors Adapt signatory

Date of officially joining Mayors Adapt

26 Apr 2014

Last Update

07 Jul 2016

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