City Profiles

Roskilde - Denmark

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.

Adaptation strategy

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
Dec 01, 2015
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

Rabalder Park
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.
More information on the project can be found in the publication Rabalder Park - Roskilde, a recreational park movement.
What sectors are concerned
  • Urban
  • Water management
A rendering of Rabalder Park.

Climate change impacts

  • Sea Level Rise
  • Flooding

Key vulnerable sectors

  • Urban
  • Coastal areas
  • Water Management


Joy Mogensen


84838 inhabitants

Contact person

Henriette Hallengren
Secretary of the Mayor


Mayors Adapt signatory

Date of officially joining Mayors Adapt

Sep 09, 2014

Covenant of Mayors 2020 signatory

Last Update

Feb 20, 2017

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