Over 50% of the world population lives in cities. More than two thirds of the world's largest cities are vulnerable to rising sea levels as a result of climate change. Millions of people are being exposed to the risk of extreme floods and storms.lees meer
Rotterdam has ambitious plans for the construction of floating communities. In the Stadshavens area, there is room for 1600 hectares of sustainable area development and by 2040, around 13,000 climate-proof houses will be built, of which around 1,200 will be on the water. In these floating districts, people will live, shop, work and recreate on the water.
In the Rijnhaven in Rotterdam, a new, eye-catching structure has been erected: a complex consisting of three floating half-spheres. The structure is 12 metres tall, with a total floor area the size of four tennis courts, and is fully relocatable.lees meer
Rotterdam tries to promote the construction of green roofs in several ways. With a subsidy scheme, for example, which will provide a financial incentive to have a green roof constructed. Where possible, green roofs will be built on top of municipal property. Building green roofs on top of third-party property, such as housing associations and businesses, will also be stimulated.lees meer
Trendsetting research in the area of theoretical and applied delta technology enables Rotterdam to create the basis for groundbreaking innovations and international collaboration.lees meer
This game – sponsored by the Rotterdam Climate Proof programme, the National New Urban Developments and Restructuring Delta Programme and the Water Governance Centre – makes players aware of the dilemmas involved in climate-proof construction/restructuring and spatial developments, both inside and outside the network of dikes. Players can experiment with a realistic representation of the Rotterdam Feijenoord district.lees meer
The Rotterdam Climate SCBA was developed as part of the Rotterdam Adaptation Strategy. An SCBA assesses the costs and benefits of an investment from the point of view of society as a whole. To be able to properly value the benefits, the full effect of a project needs to be defined.lees meer
At the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, Rotterdam presented itself in the special ‘Rotterdam Water City’ pavilion. During the World Expo visitors from around the globe were able to experience how this metropolis and world port handles flood management now and in the future, despite climate change.lees meer
Rotterdam's Adaptation Strategy addresses the urgent need to make Rotterdam climate proof by describing which guidelines need to be in place to effect this over the next few decades, in as targeted and effective a way as possible. The strategy is not an implementation plan, but provides a framework, establishes starting points and clarifies Rotterdam's ambitions and goals to become a resilient city.
Rotterdam has come up with a remarkable invention to provide for additional water storage in this densely built-up city: water plazas. Most of the time, these water plazas will serve as marvellous children’s playgrounds or sports fields.lees meer