To get finance for your climate adaption project is like climbing a tree. You have to pick the right branches to get all the way to the top. Last time we looked into the different physical solutions to manage the flow of water. (You can find an overview here). Now it’s time to figure out the moneyflows or how we get to the top of the financial tree.
Last week a major storm surge created havoc in large parts of Denmark, flooding, among other places, the harbor area in Kolding municipality, one of the members in the KYST+ network, creating damage for several million Danish kroner.
The event was covered widely in the Danish media as reporters in rubber boots took to the streets and broadcasted live from exposed areas, following the work of our Emergency personnel and volunteers struggling to keep the water at bay. An effort that was largely successful building on experience from previous storms in the last couple of years.
However it is not the time for a sigh of releive. It is time to take action!
In November, the KYST+ network held its first thematic workshop in the city of Kolding, Denmark under the heading BARRIERS AND BEAUTY. The six participating municipalities investigated how to create barriers that can protect urban areas against flooding caused by sea level rise and at the same time provide new opportunities for urban and environmental development.
Access to water and waterways are an integral part of cities history and future. However, as waters are rising the relation between nature water and land, between nature and man-made interventions needs to be renegotiated. How can we protect ourselves without losing sight of the sea? How can we combine physical and social engineering and create safe and liveable cities? How can we create barriers with multiple functions and benefits.
In this them we will look into possible technical solutions on two different scales. On the edge of the city and out to sea.