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Antwerp Province - Belgium

Main motivation for taking adaptation action

The Province of Antwerp is taking action to improve spatial quality of the landscape and make it more resilient to climate change for inhabitants and species. The Province of Antwerp does so by focusing on themes that exceed the local level of municipalities, such as biodiversity (migration of species), river flooding, and disaster planning.

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)
Biodiversity landscape images
Date of strategy/plan approval
Jun 01, 2015
Summary of the strategy/plan
This project intends to improve existing green infrastructure and facilitate the construction of more high-quality green infrastructure into the Province in an effort to create functional green networks in the landscapes outside nature reserves. These areas include industrial areas, agricultural landscapes, transport infrastructure, land property of a local government, and private gardens. The ‘biodiversity landscape images' are used to communicate a landscape-scale vision of green infrastructure.

Planned adaptation actions

Antwerp Province is currently developing a study that incorporates the climate change-related risks and vulnerabilities in the province of Antwerp along with ongoing and planned adaptation actions. This study will result in a Climate Change Adaptation Plan, which is to be published towards the end of 2016.

Good practice / spotlight item

Masterplan Water: the creation of flood zones
One of the climate change-related risks that the Province of Antwerp is facing is that of flooding. To reduce this risk, uncontrolled and controlled flooding areas have been created upstream of vulnerable areas at several locations in the province. Since the ruinous flooding of 1998, the province created 18 such flooding areas, with a total capacity of ca. 200.000 m³. In addition, 20 large water pumps have been installed with a total capacity of 20.000L/sec, making the Province more resilient in the face of increasingly frequent flooding. More information can be found here.
What sectors are concerned
  • Urban
  • Water management
Antwerp Province
Flooding of the Laarse Beek.

Climate change impacts

  • Extreme Temperatures
  • Sea Level Rise
  • Water Scarcity
  • Storms
  • Droughts
  • Flooding

Key vulnerable sectors

  • Buildings
  • Biodiversity
  • Financial
  • Forestry
  • Health
  • Agriculture


Rik Röttger


1744762 inhabitants

Contact person

Resi Pansaerts
Project Coordinator


Date of officially joining Mayors Adapt

Oct 09, 2014

Last Update

Oct 17, 2016

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