Recommendation 1: Handling storm water right from everyone's perspective
”Today, the planning of dense cities gives city planners something to think about, as there is a demand for keeping up sustainable standards throughout the entire infrastructure. When it comes to the handling of storm water the task gets particularly tricky, because sustainable storm water solutions often require a great deal of space - and available space is decreasing in the dense city. By establishing a good strategy and having discussions about how to use available space at an early stage, the interests of multiple parties can be met. It is possible to create sustainable solutions that are prepared for the effects of climate change. But it takes a holistic approach and expert knowledge within storm water technique, risk analysis and landscaping in combination with good information systems to get acceptance from everybody concerned.”
- Viveka Lidström, storm water specialist.
Recommendation 2: Climate adaptation solutions must serve several aims
"There is no doubting the fact that the effects of climate change will become increasingly evident in future. You don't know exactly where and in which form they will appear. This is why it's a shame to make an investment only directed at climate adaptation. Ramboll's motto is that we carry out climate adaptation plans which have a secondary purpose too. Climate adaptation plans can, for instance, contribute to making an area more desirable to live in by creating improved playing areas, solving traffic issues or creating increasing natural biodiversity."
- Christian Nyerup Nielsen, climate adaptation specialist.
Recommendation 3: Preparing for another rainy day
"With sufficient preparedness from regions, municipalities and utility companies, it's possible to mitigate the damage caused by very large amounts of water. In future, we have to be prepared for the fact that there will be so much rain that backflow from sewers will flood basements, roads and entire areas with waste water. As well as the closure of public institutions, hospital evacuations, breakdowns in public transport and the closing of roads, consequential effects can also include rodent problems and the danger of infections from bacteria-infected waste water. This is why it's important to have a strategy for minimising the consequences of extreme weather, and contingency plans establishing how to deal with flooding when it occurs."
- Annette Raben, drinking water and emergency plan specialist.