City Profiles

Antwerp - Belgium

Climate change impacts

Extreme Temperatures, flooding, sea level rise, and storms are particularly relevant climate impacts for Antwerp. In terms of adaptation, between now and 2019, Antwerp will focus on heat stress, pluvial and fluvial flooding, sea level, precipitation and the influence of climate change on biodiversity and urban agriculture. Antwerp will also define appropriate strategies for a variety of topics including knowledge building, direct implementation of no-regret measures, defining its climate adaptation policy, prevention, as well as communication and dissemination.

Adaptation strategy

Have you already developed an adaptation strategy?
Yes, we have an adaptation strategy
Name of the strategy/ plan (If adopted)
Implementation of EU Commitments: Covenant of Mayors and Mayors Adapt, A Tailored Approach 2015-2020
Date of strategy/plan approval
Apr 30, 2015

Planned adaptation actions

Some current examples of no-regret measures include the Sigma plan, under which the Scheldt quay will be renovated to protect the city against future floods. In order to reduce the impact of fluvial flooding, new city development is designed to be rainwater neutral. Furthermore, greening the facades and roofs of buildings will help reduce the urban heat island (UHI) effect. Antwerp's main motivation for taking adaptation action is to prepare primarily for flooding but also for the heat risks that the city faces as a result of climate change.

Good practice / spotlight item

Assessing Antwerp's Urban Heat Island (UHI)
Research was conducted in the summer of 2013 and revealed that Antwerp does in fact experience the UHI effect, but also that further research should be conducted on this topic. EU-projects, NACLIM and Ramses, will help the city fill this research gap but in the meantime, Antwerp is involved in the integration of spatial planning measures, awareness raising, promoting pro-social behaviour, and promoting the city's ambition of heat neutrality.
What sectors are concerned
  • Biodiversity
  • Health
Children cooling off in one of Antwerp's public fountains.

Climate change impacts

  • Extreme Temperatures
  • Sea Level Rise
  • Flooding
  • Storms

Key vulnerable sectors

  • Financial
  • Buildings
  • Biodiversity
  • Health
  • Urban


Bart De Wever


514.000 inhabitants

Contact person

Griet Lambrechts
Project Manager


Mayors Adapt signatory

Date of officially joining Mayors Adapt

Jun 27, 2014

Last Update

Oct 17, 2016

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