Main motivation for taking adaptation action
The city of Roskilde wants its citizens to see water as a resource rather than a challenge by being able to effectively address the increasingly frequent downpours and flooding that place stress on the city's economic, environmental, and societal values.
Have you already developed an adaptation strategy?
Yes, we have an adaptation strategy
Name of the strategy/ plan (If adopted)
Action Plan for Water and Climate Adaptation 2016-2019
Date of strategy/plan approval
01 Dec 2015
Weblink of the strategy/ plan
Weblinks to relevant plans/ studies
Summary of the strategy/plan
The 2016-2019 Plan contains status updates and new plans (including actions taken, timeframe, and financial considerations) of the city's adaptation efforts since the spring of 2013 when the first Action Plan and the Strategy were published. The Action Plan contains information on the city's spaces, countryside, cross-cutting activities, as well as an overview of the Plan and aims of the overall Water and Adaptation Strategy.
The Action Plan and Strategy (originally published in 2013) focus on water and are based on a thorough analysis of projections of the risks from precipitation and sea level rise.
Planned adaptation actions
Some of the activities addressed in the 2016-2019 Action Plan include the development of a hydraulic model by the local utility and the incorporation of climate considerations in the utility's projects (e.g. optimisation of sewers). Other actions include flood prevention and stormwater management construction projects (e.g. construction of dikes) throughout the city, an incentive programme for homeowners to engage in local drainage of surface water to reduce the burden on the sewer system, and the inclusion of climate change adaptation in all of the municipality's construction projects (e.g. Klostermarksskolen School).
Good practice / spotlight item
What sectors are concerned
In an effort to more effectively deal with rainwater runoff and flooding, a skate park and recreational facility were built containing several pools and canals that fill up depending on the amount of precipitation and runoff, allowing it to double as storage for rainwater and reduce the burden on the sewer system. Rabalder Park is an example of how water management measures can exhibit recreational co-benefits for the local population.The park was inaugurated in August 2012 and won the Town Planning Prize in the same year. Roskilde Utilities and the Sports Facilities Foundation played a large role in the project's development, the latter contributing 2.5 million Krone.
A rendering of Rabalder Park.
Key vulnerable sectors
- Coastal areas
- Water Management
Secretary of the Mayor
Mayors Adapt signatory
Date of officially joining Mayors Adapt
09 Sep 2014
Covenant of Mayors 2020 signatory