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.
With point of departure in the challenges facing the city of Kolding, various technical solutions were explored. Overall, the discussed solutions can be divided into three generic protections strategies varying in level of intervention:
- Adapting the existing land use to withstand periodic flooding e.g. waterproofing doors and windows.
- Raising the elevation when building new e.g. raising the plinth.
- Creating a barrier between the water and the urban areas e.g. dike.
Throughout the day, it became apparent that coastal protection holds a wide range of opportunities to boost the urban life both on the edge of the city, but also further out at sea. The participants looked into co-benefits such as sea gardens growing seaweed and mussels, artificial islands with space for cultural activities and a marina with room for water sports.
In the reflections on possible ways to protect Kolding from the rising waters, a commonality between the different scenarios became apparent – a wish to protect the city against the rising waters, but at the same time strengthen the connection between the residents and the sea.
WHAT COMES NEXT?
Coastal protection holds the potential to benefit a wide range of actors, but in order to implement the solutions, we need new financial models that can encompass the complex relations of responsibilities and revenue - in other words we need to sort out the MONEY FLOWS.
At the next thematic meeting in the spring of 2017, the KYST+ network will look into the financial challenges of coastal protection. We hope you will join the debate and add your comments right here.
For inspiration on coastal protection with co-benefits see the comment section for Theme #1 BARRIERS AND BEAUTY.