Rotterdams Weerwoord - dealing with climate change

Rotterdam's response: Preparing the city for a more extreme climate together

Over the next few years, the municipality of Rotterdam, the Schieland and Krimpenerwaard Water Boards, the Hollandse Delta Water Board, the Delfland Water Board and Evides Water Company will continue to build a climate-proof Rotterdam with the urgent document 'Rotterdam's Response'. This document contains the action plan to prepare the city and its residents for climate change. This is necessary because Rotterdam is situated in the Netherlands delta with soil subsidence, and so the city is vulnerable to the consequences of climate change. Climate adaptation, adapting Rotterdam to that change, is necessary. Because the consequences of more extreme weather affect everyone.

Action is needed
In order to tackle heavy rainfall, but also prolonged drought and heat, groundwater levels and soil subsidence, quicker and more measures need to be taken in public and private areas. Taking measures now will reduce damage in the future. At the same time, flexibility is needed to be able to adapt the approach based on new insights. Rotterdam's Response focuses mainly on measures at the neighbourhood level, because what is needed varies from neighbourhood to neighbourhood.

Water buffer
The letter of intent was signed at the Sparta stadium. An Urban Water Buffer was made around the stadium, a good example of cooperation in the spirit of Rotterdam's Response. The buffer collects rainwater, which is stored in the soil after filtering. The water can then be used to water the field. And in front of the water column on the square there is a nice playground for children. Collecting and putting (fresh) rainwater into the soil also contributes to preventing the salinisation of the groundwater.