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Zwijndrecht - Belgium

Adaptation strategy

Have you already developed an adaptation strategy?
No, we do not have an adaptation strategy but are currently developing one

Good practice / spotlight item

Creating blue and green corridors
To increase the city's adaptation capacity, Zwijndrecht intends to open old waterways to act as rainwater canals, reorganise the sewer system thanks to new building sites, and incorporate biodiversity into the curriculum for school children. Green roofs, green and blue corridors, and green borders with insect-friendly plants will also be installed to provide a cooler, more biodiversity-friendly environment. An example of one such project can be found in the picture to the right. A small water reserve with elements that are conducive to the local flora and fauna was built along a path for cyclists and pedestrians, which connects the main shopping street and a school.
What sectors are concerned
  • Urban
  • Water management
With educational plaques, the reserve serves as a place where children can learn by experiencing nature.

Climate change impacts

  • Extreme Temperatures
  • Flooding
  • Storms

Key vulnerable sectors

  • Urban
  • Buildings
  • Biodiversity
  • Energy
  • Forestry
  • Water Management
  • Agriculture
  • Transport


Van de Vyver André


18941 inhabitants

Contact person

Van der Donckt Aard
Deputy Mayor, Environment and Sustainability


Mayors Adapt signatory

Date of officially joining Mayors Adapt

Sep 25, 2014

Last Update

Oct 18, 2016

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