City Profiles

Arnsberg - Germany


Adaptation strategy

Have you already developed an adaptation strategy?
Yes, we have an adaptation strategy
Name of the strategy/ plan (If adopted)
Draft Proposal Climate Protection and Adaptation Concept
Date of strategy/plan approval
Feb 16, 2011

Good practice / spotlight item

Widening creeks as flood prevention measure
Since 2011 Arnsberg has had a comprehensive ‘Integrated Climate Protection Concept' that includes a number of activities indirectly related to adaptation. In addition, Arnsberg has already begun to take concrete adaptation action. In August 2007 the region was hit with 2 days of heavy rainfall within a 10-day period that resulted in flooding and a situation in which debris hindered the retreat of excess water. To avoid such situations in the future and prepare for 100-year floods, Arnsberg received funding from the state of North Rhein-Westphalia in October 2007 to begin widening 4 creeks in the most high-risk areas. Construction was undertaken on 2.7 km of creeks. More information can be found here.
Wannebach creek in Niedereimer before (above) and after (right) the widening.

Climate change impacts

  • Ice and Snow
  • Flooding
  • Storms

Key vulnerable sectors

  • Urban
  • Buildings
  • Biodiversity
  • Financial
  • Energy
  • Health
  • Transport


Hans-Josef Voge


74000 inhabitants

Contact person

Dr. Gotthard Scheja
Director, Office of Environment


Date of officially joining Mayors Adapt

Jul 22, 2014

Last Update

Oct 18, 2016

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